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10.4: Safely override Apple-provided widgets System 10.4
Tiger only hintWhile the Apple Widgets that come with Tiger are well-made, it's common to tweak them to suit one's preferences. The examples are numerous on Mac OS X Hints, and it's easy to do. However, since you never are sure the changes work, you have to keep a backup copy.

However, there's an easy way to tweak widgets personally without editing the original file: Widgets in your user's ~/Library/Widgets directory override those in the system-wide /Library/Widgets folder.

If you, for example, copy the Weather widget to ~/Library/Widgets (create this folder if necessary), that copy will be shown in Dashboard, and there will only be one Weather widget shown. This way, it's no hassle to experiment and if it doesn't work, one can simply delete the widget from the personal Library.

Note that you have to close active widgets and re-open them from the Dashboard bar for the override to take place.
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10.4: Safely override Apple-provided widgets
Authored by: whytoi on Jun 27, '05 10:45:16PM

Related issue. What's the copyright and ownership status of such a modified widget, especially one that has been extensively modified? Does Apple give people the rights to modify their official widgets?



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10.4: Safely override Apple-provided widgets
Authored by: englabenny on Jun 28, '05 04:48:37AM

You can't publish or spread Apple's Widgets, since they are part of one of their products. Otherwise we could spread our translated versions of widgets (like my swedish translations, mysteriously lacking in _some_ widgets).



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10.4: Safely override Apple-provided widgets
Authored by: KenaiTheMacFan on Jul 13, '05 08:20:13PM

Cool! I've always known this worked, but never thought of using it this way.

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Ian



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