OSX Tips – Turn off / Disable Dashboard from the Command Line


OSX’s Dashboard provides a screen of small applications (widgets) which appear when you hit F4 or utilise various other access methods. You can free up memory by disabling Dashboard.

To turn off/disable Dashboard from the command line:

defaults write com.apple.dashboard mcx-disabled -bool YES
killall Dock

To turn it back on again:

defaults write com.apple.dashboard mcx-disabled -bool NO
killall Dock
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