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10.4: Use Dashboard in 'at a glance' mode System 10.4
Tiger only hintI just noticed something the other day ... I have F8 set to open Dashboard, and if I just hold it down, Dashboard will only stay open while the key is pressed. This is geat for a quick time, traffic, weather, etc. check.

[robg adds: This works even with the default F12 key, of course -- unless you have a machine that lacks a dedicated eject key. On those machines, holding F12 will eject your CD/DVD. So to make use of this 'instant off' mode, you'll have to reassign the Dashboard keystroke in the Dashboard & Exposé System Preferences panel. This mode, obviously, isn't useful if you need to interact with a widget, but it's great for just eyeballing some that are already open.]
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10.4: Use Dashboard in 'at a glance' mode
Authored by: reidjazz on Jun 09, '05 10:07:40AM

And, of course, if you want to see it *slowly* come in & out 'at-a-glance', then just hold down your Shift key while pressing F12!

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10.4: Use Dashboard in 'at a glance' mode
Authored by: rhowell on Jun 09, '05 11:17:31AM

This is consistent with other Desktop layers, like Expose's.



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10.4: Use Dashboard in 'at a glance' mode
Authored by: herbs on Jun 09, '05 11:39:15AM

Howdy,

On a laptop you can use 10.4.1's Keyboard&Mouse Preferences to ``reverse'' the meaning of the fn key so the function keys act like function keys should and the special meaning (e.g., change screen brightness, eject) need the fn key. One of the nice additions to Tiger.

I've got F12, Cmd-F12 and Opt-Cmd-F12 assigned to Spotlight, Spotlight Window and Dashboard repectively (in the order of importance to me). I also have the various versions of Exposé assigned to F11, Cmd-F11 and Opt-Cmd-F11. This frees up things like Cmd-Space for software I use a lot.

Good Luck,
Herb Schulz


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Good Luck,
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10.4: Use Dashboard in 'at a glance' mode
Authored by: guardian34 on Jun 09, '05 09:16:27PM

herbs, the fn key option was introduced in 10.3.3, not in Tiger.

This hint also works with mouse buttons.



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10.4: Use Dashboard in 'at a glance' mode
Authored by: Tomnibus on Jun 09, '05 12:05:49PM

That's good, thanks man. Now if only I ran dashboard widgets continuously on this machine. When they take up 20MB of RAM (and after a weekend of the weather widget being online it was taking up 76MB!) I don't run widgets, I only load them when I want to look at something.



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10.4: Use Dashboard in 'at a glance' mode
Authored by: rhowell on Jun 09, '05 12:16:49PM

"I don't run widgets, I only load them when I want to look at something."

I don't understand. What's the difference between running a widget and loading a widget? Please give examples. I'd like to minimize the memory usage as well.



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10.4: Use Dashboard in 'at a glance' mode
Authored by: Tomnibus on Jun 09, '05 12:34:17PM

When I bring up the dashboard screen, there are no widgets running in the background. I have to click the "+" or use cmd-= to bring up the list of widgets at the bottom. Then I click on them the load it into the screen. when I'm done with it. I click the "x" in the upper left corner. That is, if the list of widgets at the bottom is open. Otherwise you have to open that in order to close a widget down that is running.

If you load up activity monitor you will see when you load up a widget it appears in the list and, normally, starts at about 20MB. LIke I said, one weekend I left my weather widget on all weekend and when I checked my RAM usage on Monday weather was taking up 76MB.



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10.4: Use Dashboard in 'at a glance' mode
Authored by: Unsoluble on Jun 09, '05 03:31:47PM

Note that you don't need to open up the bottom drawer to close a widget: Hold down the Option key and point at a widget, and the X button pops up.



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10.4: Use Dashboard in 'at a glance' mode
Authored by: auricgoldfinger on Jun 11, '05 09:26:41AM

This should be a hint on its own, it's a nice one!! :)



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10.4: Use Dashboard in 'at a glance' mode
Authored by: adrianm on Jun 09, '05 12:50:05PM

'course they're not really using that much memory. Unless the app is actively doing something it will just be using up swap (assuming you needed the memory for something to get it written out to swap in the first place).



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Different behavior
Authored by: nvdingo on Jun 09, '05 02:03:56PM

Oddly, using a Logitech Cordless Keyboard (the black and silver multimedia one) with the most recent Logitech Control Center installed, holding F12 ejects my dvd tray.

i have never fiddled with any of the default settings.
tapping F12 still brings up the dashboard, but holding it ejects or closes the DVD.

ahh well.



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Different behavior
Authored by: DaMacGuy on Jun 09, '05 03:55:00PM

This is a different 'feature' of Dashboard.

Since the default key is F12, and since that's the same key used to eject media on a non-apple keyboard, holding down F12 ejects media instead of the feature described here.

You'll have to remap Dashboard to another key to get this feature.

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Different behavior
Authored by: spasm321 on Jun 09, '05 06:32:32PM

I have the same problem. But I should not. I do not have an apple branded keyboard. Instead a Macally branded, built for the Mac. It does have its own eject key, still holding F12 will eject media. Does anybody know a work around?



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10.3: Also works in Expose
Authored by: matthewshull on Jun 09, '05 07:06:52PM

Also works with F9, F10 and F11 for Expose in 10.3



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Also works in Expose
Authored by: auricgoldfinger on Jun 11, '05 09:28:58AM

In 10.4.1 too...
Holding F11 will show the desktop, release it will pop the windows up again



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10.4: Use Dashboard in 'at a glance' mode
Authored by: endian on Jun 09, '05 09:33:25PM

it also works with mouse buttons. if you have dashboard set to activate on a button click, holding the button down will make it go away when you release the button.



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10.4: Use Dashboard in 'at a glance' mode
Authored by: sjmills on Jun 10, '05 10:36:54PM

I use command-F12 for Dashboard, since I use F12 for more important thing. On occasion, hitting command-F12 a 2nd time to make Dashboard go away won't work, but a 3rd hit will do it. Anybody else see this?

I've also noticed that command-tab will sometimes not make the app switcher window appear, even though I still have command held down. Anybody else?



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10.4: Use Dashboard in 'at a glance' mode
Authored by: MightyCookie on Jun 12, '05 03:14:24PM

Does anyone know how to change the speed that dashboard enters and exits. What about changing the speed while shift is pressed.

Thanks



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10.4: Use Dashboard in 'at a glance' mode
Authored by: Agaricus on Aug 20, '05 06:46:52PM

Is there a way to make Dashboard open and close slowly without holding shift?



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