Apple disables moribund Dashboard by default in OS X El Capitan beta 7

“Apple has quietly disabled Dashboard by default in the seventh beta of OS X El Capitan, an unsurprising move given the ten-year-old widget feature on Mac has not been updated in over four years and looks increasingly poised for retirement,” Joe Rossignol reports for MacRumors. “Dashboard was similarly disabled by default on OS X Yosemite.”

“The feature can be re-enabled by opening System Preferences > Mission Control and choosing ‘As Space’ from the Dashboard drop-down menu,” Rossignol reports. “Then, tap on the Dashboard key on your keyboard to bring up the window.”

Rossignol reports, “Dashboard was introduced on OS X Tiger in 2005…”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: For the heck of it, on one of our Yosemite Macs, we just fired up Dashboard… for the first time this year.

Is anybody going to miss Dashboard?


  1. I use it all the time. I was surprised to see it not there after I installed the latest beta of El Capitan. It returned when I clicked on the Dashboard icon in my dock.

    I will be sorry to see it depart.

    1. Me too. Yes, I LOVE Dashboard and use it everyday. Ridiculous to remove it. I still lament the removal of Window Shade since OS 9 and use Windomizer now instead. Just because you can remove, doesn’t mean you should.

    2. I use it occasionally. Calculator, weather widget, stock monitoring, translation, currency converter… …and hope it sticks around a few more iterations.

      Still the handwriting seems on the wall, so get the RIPs ready in time…

    1. Excellent idea. iOS apps get updated fairly often while most developers have forgotten the dashboard exists. Most of the widgets I started using years ago have turned into abandonware. I can get a lot more done on my iPhone than I can get done in the dashboard.

  2. I use it every day, and know quite a few people who do. Most common widgets are, of course, weather, but also calculator and unit conversion (as expats living in America, where things are in various disparate units, such as miles, feet, inches, ounces, pints, quarts, gallons, etc., life is normal again when there is a widget that converts all that stuff into metric). Dashboard was a godsend when it appeared over ten years ago and is still a godsend. Of the is x features of various levels of utility, I’d rather lose the following (before dashboard): mission control, launchpad, notepad, stickies, reminder, FileVault, Automator, spaces, cover flow, boot camp…

    1. one of the things about english units that is easier is an ounce (volume) of water weighs an ounce. metric needs two different words with different prefixes for equivalences. also there are finer gradations in the english system, multiples of two works better than multiplying by 1,000 in many cases. i say all this as an american of irish descent with no love for the english!

      1. I was away and out of coverage, so this is beating a long dead horse, but I’ll add it in, perhaps someone will see it.

        While multiples of two may work better, humans have ten fingers (unfortunately), so all of our numbering logic is based on multiples of ten. Moving the decimal point is certainly much more effortless than multiplying by two (or twelve, or 3600, or whatever arbitrary number necessary in order to get feet in a mile, inches in a foot, etc).

        My most simple common example of the superiority of metric system: how much extra fuel can you carry in a small airplane, will it fit in the cargo hold, and how much would it weigh? If the dimensions of that cargo hold are 3ft long by 3ft high by 3ft tall, how many gallons of fuel would that space fit, and how many pounds would it weigh? In metric, that would be 1m x 1m x 1m = 1 cubic metre, which fits 1,000 litres of fuel, which weighs approximately 1,000 kg (or 1 ton), which is too heavy fro a small airplane. The metric math was done in seconds, with almost no re-calculation. Even if I had the numbers in my head for gallons-to-cubic feet (or inches) and pounds-to-gallons, the math would still take a lot of time, and without the help of a calculator, even longer…

        As for gradations, you’d need to go into fractions of English units in order to match common metric ones (such as cm and mm); not to mention that even below mm, you still have µm, so you don’t need to go into decimals (or worse, fractions).

        After 24 years of living in America (and surviving under the Imperial system of measurements), I have yet to see a single instance where it has practical advantage over the metric system.

        1. As someone born in the US but earning a living in a lab for decades, I swear by metric! Units of distance are more ingrained as feet and miles but volume, weight and smaller units of length make far more sense as metric. I prefer ºF just because of the smaller gradations but can deal with ºC just as easily.

          The 3785 in my name is ml/gal (minus the stuff beyond the decimal) just in case you didn’t notice. 🙂

  3. I use Dashboard all the time. Checking weather around places, quick stock and money view, dictionary, international clock and more. I understand that with iOS mobile, this is kind redundant. But not so easy as on my desktop. Completely useful.

  4. and it was much more appealing when it was an overlay over your regular desktop. When Spaces were introduced, they made dashboard a separate space by default. For now, in Yosemite, you can still turn this off, but it will be quite annoying if they forced the dashboard into its own space (let alone if they eliminated it).

  5. And to the person behind MDN (Presumably, Steve Jack), you should try dashboard before proclaiming it obsolete. There is nothing yet that successfully replaces its functionality and utility.

  6. Apple f***s up again. I have five information widgets that I check on multiple times daily, including iStat Pro that gives me system wide information. Simple and elegant. What will my choices be if dashboard goes away completely? Five different apps or a mix of apps and web sites?

  7. I use the Dashboard. I place four fingers on my trackpad and slide to the right, and there it is! I use it to check the time in 5 time zones; currency conversion; quick access to a calculator; units conversion; and the weather in 4 cities simultaneously.

    For what it’s worth I use Launcher by

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