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10.4: Change the Dashboard shelf's background image System 10.4
Tiger only hintIn 10.4, when you press the '+' symbol in the bottom left corner while Dashboard is active, the Dashboard shelf slides up into view containing all your widgets. The background image used for the shelf can be found here:
/System/Library/CoreServices/Dock.app/Contents/Resources/perf.png
You can replace this image with any PNG image you like and it'll be tiled, or you can use a single, full width image. The shelf is 118 pixels high and as wide as your monitor (1024 pixels in my case), so you can use those dimensions to construct your own shelf background. Also in the same directory are the images for the next and previous arrows on the shelf.

Go be creative!

[robg adds: As seen below, I replaced this image with a non-perforated gradient background, and I'm now a much happier Dashboard user. It's not that I mind the perforations all that much, but they were a bit too strong for regular viewing.


The bottom area (where the widget names appear) will need to be lighter in color for best results, as the text is both light and shadowed. The height of the text area is 14 pixels. Note also that you do not need to make your PNG file the full width of your monitor -- the image will repeat horizontally if it's not full-width. I used a tiny 2KB PNG to create the above full shelf background.]
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10.4: Change the Dashboard background?
Authored by: shibboleth on May 02, '05 02:57:02PM

nice fix. i am wondering if there is a way to change the opacity of the dashboard overlay. i want to see much less of my desktop when i switch to the dashboard view.

thanks if there are any ideas on how to change this.



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10.4: Change the Dashboard background?
Authored by: 5chm31din6 on Jul 01, '05 05:00:14PM

Has anyone found a hint dealing with this? I would LOVE to know how to change the whole overlay opacity myself, but haven't found how to do it yet.

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10.4: Change the Dashboard background?
Authored by: ajturner on Sep 05, '05 12:57:17PM
Well, there is a way to do this. I've written a screensaver module, DashSaver, which displays the dashboard and has an optional color/opacity background.

Now set your F12 and/or screen corner to activate your screensaver instead of your dashboard.

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10.4: Change the Dashboard shelf's background image
Authored by: sahnert on May 02, '05 03:51:06PM

I tried this and it asked me for my admin password. So I entered it and then got the message:

the operation cannot be completed because because you do not have sufficient priveleges for "perf.png".

so what do I do?
can i just change the permissions for that one file or what?
thanks



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10.4: Change the Dashboard shelf's background image
Authored by: timhaigh on May 02, '05 05:58:54PM

change into the directory in your terminal.

cd /System/Library/CoreServices/Dock.app/Contents/Resources

then issue the command

sudo mv perf.png perf.png.orig <press enter>
<enter your admin password>

Then issue this command assuming your replacment pert.png is on your desktop

sudo mv /Users/yourname/Desktop/pert.png .

<press enter>

Don't forget the . at the end of the command.



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Logout/in or kill dock to reload
Authored by: neoguri on May 02, '05 04:10:40PM

Remember to logout/in to reload Dashboard and see the effect of a replaced background.

Or, because Dashboard is managed by the Dock, kill the Dock:-)



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10.4: loxation of dock files?
Authored by: mclbruce on May 02, '05 09:27:15PM

I"d like to change the color and opacity of my dock. Does anybody know where the equivalent files for the dock are found? I know clear dock will do this, but I don't want to install APE.



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10.4: loxation of dock files?
Authored by: Heart on May 02, '05 11:40:43PM

http://www.unsanity.com/haxies/cleardock

ClearDock does this, and I love the look.

I also used that Dashboard background for the desktop and it is beautiful.

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10.4: loxation of dock files?
Authored by: cryptlib on May 03, '05 02:43:17AM
You nitwit. He just said NO ClearDock and NO APE! I'm interested in an Unsanity-free convenient way to manage dock opacity myself.

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10.4: loxation of dock files?
Authored by: Zo-1 on Jul 03, '05 04:29:24AM
As someone who has been using APE since, I dunno, Jaguar, on various different Powerbooks with no problem and a whole lot of pleasure and ease of use . . .not to be cruel, but I got no sympathy for the knee-jerk anti-APErs. No ClearDock. Ouch. That means you got black dock arrows. You poor thing.

They're configurable, ya know. Exclude and include, fancy stuff like that.



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10.4: loxation of dock files?
Authored by: redwing on May 03, '05 12:01:19PM
Tinkertool doesn't make the dock transparent
Authored by: mclbruce on May 03, '05 06:52:54PM

Tinkertool will add some transparent icons to the dock but it does not make the dock transparent.



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10.4: loxation of dock files?
Authored by: .s on May 05, '05 11:31:50AM
Perhaps we need to petition Free Range Mac to update TransparentDock. It worked beautifully up until Tiger, with no APE needed.

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10.4: Change the Dashboard shelf's background image
Authored by: senseigmg on May 03, '05 01:10:06AM

you are awesome
My new Gaara dashboard
http://paintedover.com/uploads/show.php?loc=17&f=new_dash.jpg



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10.4: Change the Dashboard shelf's background image
Authored by: senseigmg on May 03, '05 01:16:06AM

http://paintedover.com/uploads/show.php?loc=17&f=new_dash_1.jpg

much better



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You can do it in Lion
Authored by: thinkyhead on Dec 10, '11 01:28:56PM

I discovered while working on an update to my Dashboard widget "ImagesForever" that when I click the "set desktop" button in the widget it actually changes the Dashboard background. The widget itself calls the usual AppleScript to set the desktop background, and ends up changing the Dashboard background instead, so it's really just a side-effect of the old assumptions.

So it should be easy to make a dashboard droplet that you could drop an image onto to do the same thing. The AppleScript for this is:

tell application "Finder" to set desktop picture to POSIX file "/path/to/MyImage.jpg"
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