Galen Gidman Web Developer

Disable Mac Dashboard

Jul 14, 2012

In my opinion, the Dashboard is probably the stupidest feature in OS X. It’s ugly, clanky and somewhat useless. It also takes up valuable system resources that would be better used elsewhere. I did a bit of research and discovered that it’s actually pretty easy to turn off.

Simply open up Terminal and type:

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

For the changes to take effect you’ll need to restart the Dock:

killall Dock

If you ever change your mind and want the Dashboard back, simply type:

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

Again, you’ll need to restart the Dock:

killall Dock