Raise your hand if you use your Dashboard app on your Mac at least 2-3 times a week? Well, my guess is that there is not many of you that do. But I could definitely be wrong. Regardless, the Dashboard is one of those Mac apps that not many people pay attention to and use on a regular basis. I know I hardly use it, and really don’t have a need for it. But as I found out recently, there really can be some good uses for the Dashboard. And maybe, just maybe after this post, I can sway some of you to start using it more.
First, what is the Dashboard? Well, basically it is an application that comes with your Mac. You can access widgets for various types of tasks. For example, if you want to check the weather for your city, or the latest score, the time, look up a word, etc. There are many different widgets that you can use. In order to access the Dashboard, go to your Applications Folder, and then look for the Dashboard app.
When you access the Dashboard, you will see some widgets already preloaded on your screen. You can move the widgets around, delete them and add more widgets. If you want to do any of these, you need to click on the “Manage Widgets” button. When you do this, you will see more widgets along the lower part of the screen. The Dashboard comes preloaded with a handful of widgets that you can use.
Some of my favorite Dashboard widgets are the following:
1. Stickies: Great way to write down reminders for yourself
2. Yellow Book: You can look up businesses info
3. Dictionary: Since I write a lot, it is great to look up a word and use the thesauraus
4. ESPN: use it to check the latest score
5. Google Voice: I can use my Google voice straight from the Dashboard
There really are some great widgets that can really be useful if people took the time to actually use them on a consistent basis. If you are wanting to find more widgets to download, Apple has a long list of them on their website. You can also check out DashboardWidgets.com as well.
So there you have it, the Dashboard application on the Mac. I honestly don’t know why it doesn’t get more traction and more developers don’t develop for it. But there are some great widgets that I think can be very useful for people. Hope this post helps you out. So do any of you use the Dashboard on a consistent basis? If so, what are some of your favorite widgets? Would love to hear what others are doing.