Dashboard

The dashboard is a user-interface feature that Apple first introduced during its release of Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger.

It allows all kinds of “widgets” to access, showing time, weather, stock prices, phone numbers, and all the needed data.

At the same time, with the Tiger operating system, Apple included widgets capable of doing all kinds of things, such as a calculator, language translator, dictionary, address book, calendar, unit converter, and iTunes controller.

In addition to these bundled widgets, hundreds of widgets are available by third parties that allow users to play games, check traffic conditions, and check scores of sports, etc.

To access the Dashboard widgets, you have to click the Dashboard application icon or simply press a keyboard shortcut (F12, which is by default).

If you click a plus “+” icon located in the lower-left-hand corner of the screen, it lists all installed widgets.

If you click widgets or drag them into the desktop, they become active. To close them, you have to click on their close box individually.

If you press the keyboard shortcut (F12), it disappears immediately; it is for as long as the user needs it.

Synonyms:

Instrument Panel, Fascia, Splashboard, Splasher

See also  JavaScript

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