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10.4: Activate widgets via drag and drop System 10.4
Tiger only hintMany users with "older" video cards don't get the benefit of the cool ripple effect when adding a widget from the widget bar. Clicking a widget simply causes it to appear on the screen.

This morning, I discovered by accident that you can actually drag an item from the widget bar to the screen, and it will "morph" from the widget icon to the final widget shape. Pretty cool! You can even slow-mo it by holding down the Shift key prior to dragging.

[robg adds: I wasn't aware this was possible, and (to me) there's a better benefit than the cool morph: this trick let's you exactly position a widget on opening, which has been one of my Dashboard complaints. By dragging, you control exactly where the widget will be displayed. Note that the morph animation will reverse, too, if you change your mind and drag the not-yet-dropped widget back to the widget bar.]
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10.4: Activate widgets via drag and drop
Authored by: lekun on May 24, '05 10:10:16AM

Kinda stretching the word "hint" on this site aren't we? Considering this is exactly how Apple demoed Dashboard at numerous events and on their website videos over a month before Tiger's release. I think merely clicking on a widget in the widget dashboard to launch a widget is more of a hint than this considering all the airplay the drag & drop method got.



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10.4: Activate widgets via drag and drop
Authored by: MBHockey on May 24, '05 10:15:11AM

I was unaware you could do it the other way!



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10.4: Activate widgets via drag and drop
Authored by: callefjant on May 25, '05 09:01:31AM

Ditto. Never thought about just clicking until this hint. A little odd, by the way, one cannot drag an app out of the dock to open a new window..



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10.4: Activate widgets via drag and drop
Authored by: unforeseen:X11 on May 24, '05 10:44:24AM

You`re right, I was always doing this, since it was demoed by Apple. Through this hint, I discovered that simply clicking a Widget moves it to the Dashboard, I wasn`t aware of this. =)



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10.4: Activate widgets via drag and drop
Authored by: Anonymous on May 24, '05 03:46:01PM

I thought you had to do it the Apple demo way, too! How funny.



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10.4: Activate widgets via drag and drop
Authored by: sdunlapa on May 24, '05 08:37:03PM

I never new you could just click to activate the widget. I always dragged it out.

Hmm



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10.4: Activate widgets via drag and drop
Authored by: chabig on May 24, '05 10:56:26AM

Me too! I thought drag and drop was the "normal" way. I didn't know you could click a widget to put it in the dashboard.



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My Poor Parents...
Authored by: rhowell on May 24, '05 11:17:58AM

My poor parents, who insist on double-clicking everything: web links, Dock items, and now probably Dashboard widgets (which adds two widgets, the first entirely hidden underneath the second).

C'mon Apple, when a user adds multiple widgets by clicking on them in the Dashboard, at least stack them like you do Finder windows.



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10.4: Activate widgets via drag and drop
Authored by: MtnBiker on May 24, '05 11:23:57AM

I know you all know this, but to add to the discussion. Cmd + shows or hides the toolbar when you're in Dashboard.

IMHO none of this matters too much as most will never use Dashboard or will forget about it after the fun wears off. As much as I enjoy seeing a webcam of Venice, I'll probably go back to using the RPN calculator I use, accessing the Address Book separately, etc.

If there were a poll option I would ask how many use Exposť?

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10.4: Activate widgets via drag and drop
Authored by: poenn on May 24, '05 11:41:56AM

I knew both ways, which seems like I'm one the few who tried... :-)

You can also put a Widget manually in /Library/Widgets and just douleclick it. That opens Dashboard and adds the Widget. This is very nice because otherwise Dashboard needs some time or even a logout to "see" that I added a Widget manually into this directory. Well, I just could kill the Dock-process but hey.... :-)



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10.4: Activate widgets via drag and drop
Authored by: jereynolds on May 24, '05 02:45:16PM

When I add a widget, I just click the "1 of 2" button a couple times and the new widget has always appeared when I get back to the right page. Have you tried that?

On the Expose topic, I use it every time I switch to a window thats covered up (which is pretty often since I use Safari in a full screen window). I use the "Window Switch" button on my MX700, but if I had to reach for the F keys all the time, I'm not sure I'd use it nearly as much.



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10.4: Activate widgets via drag and drop
Authored by: therobloe on May 24, '05 11:45:42AM

I use Expose constantly, without fail. I mapped the middle scroll wheel button to the show all windows expose function and it's one of the most helpful things I've ever done. I also didn't know you could just click on the widget, I thought dragging it was standard.

I use widgets pretty consistently, especially the "Notepad" availible on Apple's website, as well as a handy calendar, and "iCal events" that lets me know what's going on in the next 24 hrs. I also check the weather every morning with a widget for that purpose. I don't think I'll get tired of the Dashboard, but some stuff IS handier from plain old finder, such as Address Book.



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I use exposť constantly
Authored by: PeteVerdon on May 24, '05 05:51:26PM

I use exposť constantly.

I'm completely screwed when I sit down in front of a Linux machine, or even my friend's iBook since he has a different activation method for exposť.

Perhaps it's because Panther was the first version of OS X I used, but I really struggle to go back to manual window management. The exposť method - have a big untidy stack of as many windows as you like, since you can find the right one in a flash - is far, far easier.

Pete



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10.4: Activate widgets via drag and drop
Authored by: sjmills on May 24, '05 09:01:37PM

Exposť? Constantly. Scroll wheel button shows all window for current app. With a dozen or more windows open in CodeWarrior, it's a lot easier to hit that button than to move the mouse up to the Windows menu and try to locate a window by name, when I can recognize it by the "look" of the text much faster in the shrunken Exposť window.

And for dragging stuff from the desktop to Mail messages, etc, Exposť is a must and much faster than opening a new Desktop window with DragThing.

Once they fix the widgets I use (and speed up the response time - sometimes it takes multiple clicks to get things to respond), I'll find Dashboard a bit more useful.



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10.4: Activate widgets via drag and drop
Authored by: stellertony on May 24, '05 10:49:42PM

I use Exposť all the time. When I sit down at a computer running Jaguar or one of my school's rainbow iMacs, I always catch myself reaching for the Exposť keys and grumbling when they don't do anything.

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10.4: Activate widgets via drag and drop
Authored by: Micah_Gideon on May 25, '05 09:37:28AM
This may not be the best place to perform such a poll seeing as how the posters are looking for hints to get the most out of the OS. I'm guessing the majority of us use every stupid and seemingly useless feature in an effort to raise our enjoyment of the toy as well as productivity. Personally, I use expose all the time! I use SidTrack by RagingMenace and have the corners of my trackpad mapped to expose functions and use them constantly. It is quite a timesaver for me and is one of those features I feel MS is bound to rip off in some fashion. However, as I tried to indicate above, I wouldn't say that I or any other posters here are typical users...

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10.4: Activate widgets via drag and drop
Authored by: MtnBiker on May 25, '05 01:23:26PM

I wasn't serious about the poll. More users of MacOSXHints are likely to use Exposť than the general user population. My point was more towards how many of all Tiger users will use Dashboard or Exposť and of those, how many will change the default.

But one of the comments got me try Exposť again. I needed to copy some screen shots to an email. Great for that. I usually forget it's there.

One user said he'd always used it, but he started with Panther. I started with OS 1 (System 1 or whatever the first system was called--scary to think that was 20 years ago--first Mac was a Plus--for you newcomers, the whole system fit on one floppy--400k--enough reminiscing!).

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10.4: Activate widgets via drag and drop
Authored by: cudaboy_71 on May 24, '05 01:35:16PM

kinda funny how people discover a new tool. i had no idea you could click the widget to get a new one. i naturally just dragged them out of the dashboard dock.

whatever--guess i'm a weirdo. nice hint.

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10.4: Activate widgets via drag and drop
Authored by: asher on May 24, '05 02:45:04PM

Gee, and I never thought you could drag them. I guess I thought it would be like the dock where dragging explodes them in a poof of photons. I never watched a demo. Who knew.



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10.4: Activate widgets via drag and drop
Authored by: Eyedea on May 24, '05 03:11:56PM

I had no idea you could just "click" them. Never saw a demo but there aren't too many things that aren't drag and drop these days, so I just started dragging :-D.



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10.4: Activate widgets via drag and drop
Authored by: TigerPRO on May 24, '05 10:24:31PM

That's funny. I thought the same thing; I never tried just clicking.



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10.4: Activate widgets via drag and drop
Authored by: swedentom on May 25, '05 08:40:41AM

Sigh. What a hint. Is this a joke?



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10.4: Activate widgets via drag and drop
Authored by: Hodag on May 25, '05 12:04:36PM

I guess I'm the minority. I never realized you could drag them (Seriously!), and have been launching widgets by clicking them.

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It's not a "morph".
Authored by: SeanAhern on Aug 14, '05 02:47:56PM

It's not actually a "morph", per se. It's just doing a cross-fade between the icon and the activated widget. You won't see any displaced geometry or anything, so it's not technically a "morph".

Still pretty, though! :-)



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