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10.7: Make Dashboard translucent again System 10.7
Lion by default opens the Dashboard as its own space, which means you can't see the desktop 'through' it like you could in 10.6. You can return the Dashboard to its former transparent splendor by telling Mission Control to not open the Dashboard as a space.

To return the Dashboard to its pre-Lion behavior:
  • Open System Preferences.
  • Click the Mission Control panel.
  • Un-select the 'Show dashboard as a space' check box.
  • Close the System Preferences.
Not only will the Dashboard return to displaying as an overlay above the desk, but as a bonus, you will have back the cool 'ripple' effect when adding new widgets.

[crarko adds: This is one of those things that's only obvious if you've looked for it. I don't use Dashboard much, but if you do, and liked the old way better, here you go.]
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10.7: Make Dashboard translucent again
Authored by: artcarney on Jul 27, '11 05:47:33PM

Thank you, thank you, thank you!



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10.7: Make Dashboard translucent again
Authored by: joeman7 on Jul 28, '11 07:54:21AM

Thanks for this tip; however, now this raises the issue of not being able to swipe to get to the Dashboard - is there a way to do this?



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10.7: Make Dashboard translucent again
Authored by: landis on Aug 01, '11 09:54:15AM

Yes, nice trick but... How do I get the dashboard with a swipe? My F keys are all mapped on the MBA and I'd like to get to the Dashboard without holding the Function key.



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10.7: Make Dashboard translucent again
Authored by: everkleer80 on Aug 02, '11 08:31:49AM

You could try a third party util such as BetterTouchTool; I'd say this is almost a must have with either the MagicMouse or Magic[or laptop]Trackpad. You can add and customize tons of extra gestures and it also has limited window resizing/repositioning functionality. As an example, I've configured mine to move a window to fill the left half of my screen when I hold CMD and swipe left with two fingers. You can also create gestures for things like Dashboard, Mission Control, etc.



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10.7: Make Dashboard translucent again
Authored by: jordanwarez on Aug 03, '11 02:32:42AM

thanks very much
can't believe i missed that



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