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How to Disable Dashboard in OS X Snow Leopard

7 July 2010 25,497 views No Comment

If you have an older Mac or portable, a silent thief could be hoarding resources and draining your battery without your knowledge — Dashboard. Introduced in Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger, this feature was heralded as something of revolution and even Microsoft fielded their own version in Windows 7, which Redmond unashamedly named “Gadgets.”

Whether you’re trying to squeeze more performance out of an older Mac or every drop of power from your MacBook, the Dashboard could draining valuable clock cycles and watts behind your back. Here’s how to turn it off.

To turn Dashboard off:

defaults write com.apple.dashboard mcx-disabled -boolean YES

To turn Dashboard on:

defaults write com.apple.dashboard mcx-disabled -boolean NO

Lastly, restart the Dock to effect the change (either process)

killall Dock

For the command-line averse, there is the Disable & Enable Dashboard Utility, which makes the process as simple as clicking a button. Get your copy here.

via Mac OS X Hints

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