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Mac OS by Paul McFedries

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28. Working with Dashboard and Widgets

Using Dashboard and Widgets

Your Mac comes equipped with about 20 or so mini-applications called widgets that perform very specific tasks such as showing the weather, displaying stock quotes, or making simple calculations. Instead of cluttering your desktop with these widgets, Mac OS X gives you a separate layer of screen real estate called Dashboard. When you invoke Dashboard, your Mac sends your desktop and its windows into the background, and brings Dashboard and its widget collection into the foreground.

Activating and Deactivating Dashboard

Mac OS X gives you three main ways to activate Dashboard:

• Press F4. (On older Mac keyboards you can usually invoke Dashboard by pressing either F12 or Fn+F12). ...

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