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10.4: Remove Dashboard Widgets Desktop
Tiger only hintAccording to Apple's Dashboard help:
You cannot remove widgets from the Widget Bar or change their order.
There is no way to remove widgets from the GUI, but you can do it in Terminal.app. Launch Terminal and type (the $ is the prompt, and the line below is just a comment to explain the command):
$ cd /Library/Widgets/
/* to move to the widget directory */

$ ls
/* list the installed widgets */

$ rm widget_name.wdgt
/* remove the named widget */
You may have to wait a minute before the changes show up in the widget bar. Also, any open widgets that you removed will remain running until you close them with the X.

[robg adds: Widgets are typically installed in the user's own ~/Library/Widgets folder -- if you use Safari with its default settings, this will happen automatically when you download a widget (from Apple's Widget page, for instance). To prevent automatic installation, disable the Open "safe" files after downloading option in the General section of Safari's preferences.

Note that you do not need to use the Terminal to remove widgets. Assuming you're logged in as the administrator, you can remove system-wide widgets (and your own, obviously) directly from the Finder. Just navigate to /Library/Widgets (or your user's ~/Library/Widgets folder), and drag the unwanted widgets out. If you're thinking of removing any Apple-provided widgets, I'd recommend keeping them in an "Unused Widgets" folder elsewhere on your drive, just in case you ever want them back.]
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10.4: Remove Dashboard Widgets
Authored by: peragrin on May 03, '05 10:43:57AM

Widgets are sorted alphabetically automatically.

Simply rename the widgets to adjust their sort order.

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10.4: Remove Dashboard Widgets
Authored by: Anonymous on May 03, '05 10:58:18AM
Widgets are sorted alphabetically automatically.
Alphabetically or in ASCII collation sequence? My guess is the latter, which means that "Awidget.*" will come before "awidget.*" Perhaps someone with a Tiger box nearby can verify?

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10.4: Remove Dashboard Widgets
Authored by: HSGB on May 03, '05 01:25:33PM

You don't have to remember the Widget-folder, just use Spotlight and search for "wdgt".



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10.4: Remove Dashboard Widgets
Authored by: knarley on May 03, '05 01:37:47PM

I just made an alias of the widget folder in my finder window. This allows me quick access to that folder by opening any folder.



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10.4: Remove Dashboard Widgets
Authored by: periche on May 03, '05 08:30:01PM

But if you search for "kind:widget" will not yield the results that should... especially when if you get info on a widget it specifically says "Kind: Widget"

Another spotlight flaw???



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10.4: Remove Dashboard Widgets
Authored by: HSGB on May 04, '05 05:47:44AM
That's strange, it works on the command line,
mdfind "kMDItemKind == 'Widget'"


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10.4: Remove Dashboard Widgets
Authored by: Rocco Stanicic on Sep 14, '05 05:19:49AM

To open the Widgets Dashboard widget:

Open Dashboard.
Click the Open (+) button to reveal the widget bar.
Click Manage Widgets.
To disable a widget, deselect the checkbox in front of the widget's name.
All open copies of the widget are closed and the widget is removed from the widget bar.
To enable a widget again, select the checkbox in front of the widget's name.
The widget appears in the widget bar.
To remove widgets that you've installed in Dashboard, click the Remove (-) button after the widget's name.
The widget is deleted from Dashboard and the widget is moved to the Trash. You cannot remove the standard Mac OS X widgets that come with Dashboard.
To open the Dashboard Widgets website to download and install additional widgets, click the More Widgets button.



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