Enable and Disable the OS X Dashboard Completely

If like me you never use the Dashboard within OS X, you’ll be aware that it’s silentely in the background using up some resources. ¬†You may have removed all of the widgets from the Dashboard, but it’s still there in the background, just not displaying anything.

This process definitely works in OS X Leopard (10.5), and it may work in other versions, too – please let me know via comments below!

You can disable it completely though, with a single command in a Terminal.

To Disable the Dashboard:

defaults write com.apple.dashboard mcx-disabled -boolean yes

You will need to log off and log back in to see the changes, but the Dashboard should no longer be available.

To Enable the Dashboard:

If you then decide you’ve made a mistake by disabling it, and you want it back, just swap the -boolean to “no” as follows:

defaults write com.apple.dashboard mcx-disabled -boolean no

Again, you will need to log off and then back on to see the changes.