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10.4: Make the Dashboard layer less translucent System 10.4
Tiger only hintI've been a user of Konfabulator, now Yahoo! Widgets, since day one. I love it. Apple has now given us their Widgets in Dashboard. I love Dashboard, too, but one thing that has always bugged me is that the Dashboard background is too transparent for my liking -- I want to see less of the background.

What I just discovered is that if you set both Yahoo! Widgets and Dashboard to use the same F-key for activation, Dashboard then 'uses' the Yahoo! Widgets background (a barely-transparent dark blueish color). If you don't want any Yahoo! Widgets to show, just have it open with no widgets open. Not a big deal, but it made Dashboard more usable for me.

[robg adds: This worked as described, though I sometimes had to cycle through the 'deactivation' keystroke a couple of times to get rid of both the Dashboard and Yahoo! Widgets. Since I also would prefer a less-transparent background, I spent a bit of time in the Dock package, searching for a background image that might be being loaded, but without luck. I also dug around with defaults read, looking for a transparency setting, but also came up blank. I imagine the Dashboard is just setting a transparency level directly in the code, which means this workaround might be the only solution.]
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10.4: Make the Dashboard layer less transparent
Authored by: kirkmc on Jan 31, '06 08:25:34AM

It's "translucent", not "transparent".

Kirk of the language police... :-)

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10.4: Make the Dashboard layer less transparent
Authored by: rhowell on Jan 31, '06 08:35:02AM

Well, technically it could be "semitransparent", not "transparent". ctrl-command-d to the rescue:

translucent = semitransparent



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10.4: Make the Dashboard layer less transparent
Authored by: solipsism on Jan 31, '06 09:18:36AM

... fully translucent, diaphanous or semiopaque. :-)



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10.4: Make the Dashboard layer less transparent
Authored by: xSmurf on Feb 01, '06 04:01:46PM

Is your glass half full or half empty? :P

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10.4: Make the Dashboard layer less transparent
Authored by: Baggins on Jan 31, '06 09:38:00AM

Well, to be really pendantic, it's not translucent, either. In physics, the term translucent refers to a substance that passes light, but diffuses it.



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10.4: Make the Dashboard layer less transparent
Authored by: kirkmc on Jan 31, '06 09:40:51AM

This ain't physics!

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10.4: Make the Dashboard layer less transparent
Authored by: robg on Jan 31, '06 09:39:03AM

Go have a donut, officer! Title changed to the (technically still incorrect) translucent.

:)

-rob.



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10.4: Make the Dashboard layer less translucent
Authored by: skapplin on Jan 31, '06 09:40:31AM

If you rely on the dictionary, then transparent is the correct word.



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10.4: Make the Dashboard layer less translucent
Authored by: zane on Jan 31, '06 03:18:38PM

And here I was thinking that of the 9 attached comments (now 10!), 1 would surely contain someone's discovery of the magic defaults solution for affecting the translucency/transparencey/opaquness setting! :P



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10.4: Make the Dashboard layer less translucent
Authored by: zane on Jan 31, '06 05:30:35PM

Er, 7/8 comments, not 9/10. Oops. :P



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10.4: Make the Dashboard layer less translucent (...yes, but only if you also use Yahoo! Widgets
Authored by: macevangelist on Feb 01, '06 05:44:11AM

I totally agree with you, zane. From reading the title of this hint I was amazed that somebody actually found out the user default key to control the Dashboard background opacity. I wonder what the title of the hint will be if somebody actually manages this task.



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10.4: Make the Dashboard layer less translucent (...yes, but only if you also use Yahoo! Widgets
Authored by: solipsism on Feb 01, '06 08:10:51AM
I looked long and hard for some way to alter the background. I didn't find a solution to this particular quandry but I did find an older OSX Hint refarding a Dashboard background that i did like. http://www.macosxhints.com/article.php?story=20050426093145147

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10.4: Make the Dashboard layer less translucent (...yes, but only if you also use Yahoo! Widgets
Authored by: solipsism on Feb 01, '06 08:12:42AM