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10.4: Open the Dashboard bar via keyboard shortcut Desktop
Tiger only hintOnce you've used F12 to view your opened Dashboard widgets, it's a pain to have to grab the mouse and click the "+" sign to open the Dashboard bar to see the others.

Thankfully there's a keyboard shortcut: Command-equal. This will toggle the Dashboard bar on and off.

[robg adds: This seems to be yet another undocumented keyboard shortcut -- I searched Help quite extensively, and the only mention of Dashboard keys I could find was for F12. There's also nothing in the Keyboard & Mouse preferences panel. Unfortunately, once you have the dashboard bar up, there seems to be no non-mouse method of choosing a widget (anyone find a way?). Still, it's nice not having to reach for the "+" sign all the time.]
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10.4: Open the Dashboard bar via keyboard shortcut
Authored by: hadrienlc on May 10, '05 11:09:43AM

To reload a dashbord :
Open Dashboard (F12) and hit Command+R...
Nice !



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10.4: Open the Dashboard bar via keyboard shortcut
Authored by: wangman25 on May 10, '05 03:54:30PM

You mean reload a widget.

And it's such a nifty and quick transition!
As far as I know, no where did Apple demonstrate this.



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10.4: Open the Dashboard bar via keyboard shortcut
Authored by: eagle on May 10, '05 11:47:30AM

I like to work with one hand on the keyboard and one on the mouse. I moved the Expose/Dashboard F-keys to F1-4 (instead of their default F9-12), and this allows me to use my left hand for Expose (F1-3) or Dashboard (F4) and to operate my mouse at the same time with my right hand.



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me too!
Authored by: pascalpp on May 10, '05 04:39:55PM

me too!

I also set F5 to Bring All to Front, so if some of the current app's windows are hidden i can pop them forward without having to activate Expose.



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10.4: Open the Dashboard bar via keyboard shortcut
Authored by: epwich on May 10, '05 12:06:39PM

i just bound the dashboard to my middle button(scroll button) on my mouse. that way if i want to quickly check dashboard I only click the scroll wheel and bamm!.

Now you have a perfectly good reason to buy a three button mouse!



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10.4: Open the Dashboard bar via keyboard shortcut
Authored by: callefjant on May 10, '05 12:30:29PM

I've done the same. Finally a good use for that button!



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10.4: Open the Dashboard bar via keyboard shortcut
Authored by: scelis on May 10, '05 03:48:35PM

Don't you guys use that button to open a link in a new tab in Safari? :P



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10.4: Open the Dashboard bar via keyboard shortcut
Authored by: sjmills on May 10, '05 07:40:42PM

Yeah, I use the middle button for open-in-new-window in Safari, but as Exposé-show-all-windows-in-all everywhere else. I also add the command key to the 3 Exposé and Dashboard keys, because my F-keys are heavily used in CodeWarrior (which I use 8-10 hours a day).



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10.4: Open the Dashboard bar via keyboard shortcut
Authored by: adrianm on May 11, '05 11:57:12AM

It's a pity you can't assign actions to how fast you spin the mouse wheel.



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10.4: Open the Dashboard bar via keyboard shortcut
Authored by: launay on May 10, '05 12:11:44PM

N.B. : for french users the command + "=" short key won't operate and command+"-" (underscore keybord key) shall be used instead...
and then that just rocks !



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10.4: Open the Dashboard bar via keyboard shortcut
Authored by: harmless on May 10, '05 12:24:53PM

On a german keyboard it's command-´ (Accent Acute).



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10.4: Open the Dashboard bar via keyboard shortcut
Authored by: Spiken on May 10, '05 01:22:31PM

Same on Swedish. Please update the hint for the key for different countrys so it's easier laters on to find out how.



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10.4: Open the Dashboard bar via keyboard shortcut
Authored by: pavao on May 10, '05 02:52:07PM

Command - "+" on portuguese keyboards. Apparently it's command + <key immediately to the left of the Backspace key>.



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Swiss Keyboards: Cmd-^
Authored by: PopMcGee on Jun 13, '05 11:06:22AM

That's all folks.



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10.4: Open the Dashboard bar via keyboard shortcut
Authored by: acalvet on May 10, '05 02:49:48PM

For Italian users: "cmd" + "ì"

Thanks for the hint!

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10.4: Open the Dashboard bar via keyboard shortcut
Authored by: juanfal on May 11, '05 07:01:00PM

For spanish people: Cmd-"¡" (open exclamation close to backdelete)



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10.4: Open the Dashboard bar via keyboard shortcut
Authored by: agjest on May 15, '05 06:36:39AM

Why not just use "fn"+"F12" which is defined for iBooks?



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10.4: Dashboard bar is a UI failure
Authored by: wejdoane on May 10, '05 12:14:33PM

The plus button is a silly addition to the OS X UI. They already had a perfectly good method for dealing with stacks of icons -- they call it the dock.

Dashboard should have simply adopted the user's settings for dock behavior for the widget bar. If the user sets the dock as auto-hidden, then the widget bar should be the same. If the user has the dock on the left edge of the screen, then the widget bar should be there, too.

It would be a clear, non-clashing use of the same technique for both the "desktop" user space and the "widget" user space.



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10.4: Dashboard bar is a UI failure
Authored by: Dale Mox on May 10, '05 02:26:27PM

I like... Nice idea... and when you switch to the Dashboard the Dock morphs into the new size (according to the widgets in /Library/Widgets) in the same method that the Quicktime windows smoothly resize during a normal to double size change.

Hmm... I can see it already in slow-mo when I press shift+F12...

Dale



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10.4: Dashboard bar is a UI failure
Authored by: qwerty denzel on May 10, '05 11:19:42PM

Perfect!



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10.4: Open the Dashboard bar via keyboard shortcut
Authored by: kirkmc on May 10, '05 12:23:55PM

Doesn't work on my iBook with a Dvorak layout; for Dvorak, it's Cmd-].

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10.4: Open the Dashboard bar via keyboard shortcut
Authored by: LEgregius on May 10, '05 01:45:28PM

I'm having the same problem. They must be reading the raw keyboard somehow. Seems to be a common problem. The Java VM used to have really bad problems with that. All hot keys stayed QWERTY.



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Spanish keyboards
Authored by: Cantus on May 11, '05 02:38:39AM

The shortcut for Spanish keyboards is Command-¡. (That's an inverted exclamation mark.)

By the way, it is not necessary to click inside the plus symbol to open the bar. Just move your mouse to the lower-left corner of your screen and click. Fitts' law!



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10.4: Open the Dashboard bar via keyboard shortcut
Authored by: PeteVerdon on May 11, '05 06:55:01AM

Blimey, how often do you guys change your widget-set? Opening the bar of available widgets shouldn't be something you do so often that it needs a keyboard shortcut.

Pete



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10.4: Open the Dashboard bar via keyboard shortcut
Authored by: robg on May 11, '05 12:14:18PM

Ummmm ... how would one open a widget that's currently closed without using the widget bar? I don't leave every widget open; mostly, I leave them closed (the ones that I leave open are actually dragged to the desktop for always-there access). So I use the widget bar quite a bit...

-rob.



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10.4: Open the Dashboard bar via keyboard shortcut
Authored by: tirerim on May 11, '05 01:40:00PM

Widgets take a non-trivial quantity of resources to keep running (between 18 and 30 MB of physical RAM each, according to top), so I like to only keep the ones I use frequently open, in order to avoid unnecessary swapping under higher memory usage conditions, and open others when I actually need them.



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German keyboard layout
Authored by: acamas on May 11, '05 08:08:41AM

Thanks for the hint!
I found that for a German keyboard layout the shortcut is Command (Apfel) and the key left of backspace (accent, character obviously not displayable here).



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German keyboard layout
Authored by: jwg on May 15, '05 10:05:57PM

It's the same on Swedish keyboards.



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10.4: Open the Dashboard bar via keyboard shortcut
Authored by: cohort8133 on May 11, '05 12:51:08PM

Shift+12 opens dashboard in slow motion.



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10.4: Open the Dashboard bar via keyboard shortcut
Authored by: bblfish on May 13, '05 05:55:04AM

how do I get rid of the slow motion effects? I want to be able to use the
shift-Fx keys for other apps! Also if you replace the F12 key with shift-F12 key
in the ControlPanel, pressing shift-F12 then has the effect of opening the Dashboard and the slowly closing it! Not good.



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10.4: Opening widgets from the keyboard, even with Dashboard open
Authored by: lstryder on Jun 01, '05 12:08:47PM
If you are looking for a way to open widgets via the keyboard, Spotlight can help. Just enter part of the name of the widget in the Spotlight menu followed by a space and the letter 'w'. Upon selecting the desired widget, Dashboard should open and land the it in the centre of the screen. Each time it does this it opens a new copy of the widget so, if you want to keep your Dashboard clear of clutter, it's only really useful if you know what is already open, meaning you need Dashboard open in the first place.

Thankfully, Spotlight is usable while the Dashboard is activated, albeit hidden by any widgets that happen to be in the top right corner of your screen – a problem for anyone that really needs to see what they are typing, I suppose.

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Shortcut Key
Authored by: SandManMattSH on Jul 30, '05 01:52:28PM

Just for the record, Tiger isn't actually mapping the shortcut as "Apple + '+'".
It maps it to tho actual key code.
If this doesn't make sense, let me put it this way. No matter what keyboard layout you are using, the shortcut will still be "Apple + 'the thing next to delete'".
I use DVORAK instead of QWERTY (by the way, its MUCH better), and the shertcut for me is "Apple + }".

~Matt



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