Remove the dashboard widget screen from OSX

I don’t know about you but I don’t like the dashboard screen on OSX.

I find having to switch to the dashboard to use a widget more effort than it’s worth. I’d rather a stand alone application that I can launch on demand or if it needs to be persistent an application could add a menu bar icon that I can click on from any desktop.

After accidentally switching to the dashboard one two many times I decided to remove it. I’m not particularly worried about any performance gains I may get from removing the dashboard, I did it purely so i would no longer see it.

First you need to open up a Terminal window (command+space and type terminal and press enter) and enter:

defaults write mcx-disabled -boolean YES

press enter then you need to restart the Dock process to see your changes by typing:

killall Dock

Now you no longer have to be bothered by the dashboard screen.

Of course there’s a possibility at some stage in the future you might want the dashboard back. To get it back you need to repeat the steps above but change boolean YES to boolean NO. Simple!


F5 to reload a tab in Google Chrome

I’ve been wanting to user Chrome more and more lately but one thing standing in my way was F5 to reload a tab. I know on a Mac it’s just Cmd+R but my muscle memory refuses to accept this. Luckily there’s a simple fix – let OSX interpret for you.

  1. Open the keyboard settings window. To do this either type ‘Keyboard‘ into Spotlight (the magnifying glass at the top right of the screen) or open the Apple menu and press System Preferences -> Keyboard.
  2. Click on the Keyboard Shortcuts tab.
  3. Click on Application Shortcuts in the left pane.
  4. Click on the plus (+) at the bottom and enter the following:
    Application: Google
    Menu Title: Reload This Page
    Keyboard Shortcut: press F5 on your keyboard
  5. Click add and close the settings window, you’re finished, time to test!

    Add F5 to reload Chrome Tab to OSX.

    Add F5 to reload Chrome Tab to OSX.