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10.4: Activate system menubar items in Dashboard mode System 10.4
Tiger only hintYou can use the system menubar widgets (AirPort, Internet Connect, Volume, etc.) while Dashboard is active. Just give them a long click-and-hold, then move to the menu area and release the mouse button. You can then turn on AirPort, dial to internet, change iChat status, etc., all without leaving Dashboard environment.

[robg adds: This also works for some, but not all, third-party menubar items. I couldn't get Butler or Salling Clicker to activate, for instance, but the MenuMeters drop-downs work. You can also interact with applications while Dashboard is active, if you so desire.]
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10.4: Activate system menubar items in Dashboard mode
Authored by: inemo on Jul 22, '05 11:50:14AM

"I couldn't get Butler or Salling Clicker to activate, for instance, but the MenuMeters drop-downs work."

MenuMeters seem to be a total integration of the system menuextras where as Salling Clicker is an add on program menu. Adium is the same.

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10.4: Activate system menubar items in Dashboard mode
Authored by: MJCube on Jul 22, '05 12:03:58PM
More specifically: In normal mode, Apple menulets respond to any click in the menu bar other than the main menus – even in the empty part between. When you then roll over the menulets, their menus pull down, until you click again to 'deselect' them. (It happens to me often with MenuCalendarClock; I've gotten used to it.)

With Dashboard active, the trick seems to be to drag the mouse any distance in the menu bar, and let go over your desired menulet. When you drag, it doesn't matter how long you hold the mouse button. Then you choose a menu item by clicking it (you can't drag to them). Or if you want to close the menu without choosing anything, you can click on a disabled menu item or a separator, or hit Esc.

I notice that this last bit is true even in normal mode for dismissing an open menu without choosing anything. The only places you can't click, if you want to keep Dashboard active, are an app window or the desktop.

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10.4: Activate system menubar items in Dashboard mode
Authored by: MJCube on Jul 22, '05 12:07:57PM

Or the menbar (duh).



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10.4: Activate system menubar items in Dashboard mode
Authored by: Egrefen on Jul 22, '05 06:40:52PM

Um... does this strike no-one as fairly useless. I mean I have my dashboard hotcorner at the bottom left of the screen, as far as possible from the menu bar, and it <ul>still</ul> takes me less time to leave dashboard, change something, and come back, than is does to click and wait.

And if you're rushed for time the F12 button is surprisingly fast.

Does anyone have a useful application for this hint?



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Almost as pointless as the reply!
Authored by: ghay on Dec 15, '05 12:08:49PM

Why bother replying with no new useful information.

If you are just here to pour scorn on others contributions, please leave.



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10.4: Activate system menubar items in Dashboard mode
Authored by: elrac on Jul 22, '05 10:05:44PM

I hate this stupid bug, and yes, it is a bug. When someone finds a way to fix it and keep it from doing this, that would be a great hint.



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