- Using Mac OS X Applications
- Installing Other Applications
- Launching Applications
- Opening Applications and Files
- Switching Between Applications
- Quitting Applications
- Playing Chess
- Creating an Address Book
- Editing an Address Book
- Managing and Sharing an Address Book
- Adding an Image to an Address Book
- Performing Graph Calculations
- Performing Calculations and Conversions
- Capturing Images with a Digital Camera
- Capturing Screen Shots with Grab
- Previewing Images and PDFs
- Creating Sticky Notes
- Managing Fonts with Font Book
- Activating, Deactivating, and Customizing Fonts
- Working with Dashboard
- Using Dashboard Widgets
- Adding and Removing Dashboard Widgets
- Creating a Web Clip Dashboard Widget
Working with Dashboard
Dashboard is a Mac OS X screen that gives you quick access to widgets, such as news headlines and updates, slide shows, weather information, traffic maps, Internet radio streams, and slide shows of online photo albums. Widgets are mini-applications that can connect to Web services, such as an RSS feed (which automatically delivers Web content to your desktop), or integrate with many of your applications, such as viewing your calendar. You can customize Dashboard to suit the way you work by using the Widget bar. Mac OS X comes with a set of widgets to get you started. However, you can easily download more widgets online. You can quickly open Dashboard by pressing the F12 key. If you prefer a different shortcut key, you can select the one you want in the Exposé & Spaces pane of System Preferences.
Work with Dashboard
Show or Hide Dashboard. Press F12.
Open Widget Bar. Click the Open (+) button in the lower-left corner of Dashboard or press += (equal).
Close Widget Bar. Click the Close (x) button or press += (equal).
Scroll the Widget Bar. Click the Left or Right Arrow buttons or press +Left Arrow or +Right Arrow.
Reload Current Widget. Press +R.
Change Dashboard Preferences
- Click the Apple menu, and then click System Preferences.
- Click the Exposé & Spaces icon.
- Click the Exposé tab.
- Click the Hide and Show pop-up, press a keyboard modifier (Shift, Control, Option, or ) if you want, and then select the shortcut key you want.
If you want to see more shortcut options, hold down the Shift, Control, Option, or Command keys, or a combination of the keys, while you view the pop-up menu.
- If you have a Mighty Mouse or other multi-button mouse, you can use the other pop-up to set mouse button shortcuts.
On the Mighty Mouse, Button 3 applies to the scroll-ball button and Button 4 applies to the pair of side buttons. You can use the scroll-ball button to open Dashboard.
- Click the Close button.