How to switch back to the old Dashboard in Mac OS X Lion

Mac OS X Lion included a completely redesigned Dashboard application that, by default, acts as aб═separateб═space (or “desktop,” if you prefer) to the left of all of your other spaces (or desktops). Many OS X Lion users enjoyed this simple, but much needed refresh to Dashboard. However, there are some upgraders to the new OS from Apple that absolutely hate the new Dashboard and would like it to go back to the way it looked and acted in Mac OS X Snow Leopard (by flying in above all of your open windows).б═

Luckily, Apple included a very simple way to change the Dashboard back to the way it was in Snow Leopard, even if you’re running OS X Lion. Here’s how to do just that:

Step 1: Launch Systemб═Preferencesб═(Applications>System Preferences or Apple menu>System Preferences)

Step 2: Find the preference pane that is titled “Mission Control”

Step 3: Uncheck the check box next to the option that reads “Showб═Dashboardб═as a space”

That’s it! Now, if you hit the Dashboard icon on your keyboard or go to the Dashboard app, it will fly in above all of your windows, just like in Snow Leopard.б═

4 comments
alwaysasn
alwaysasn

I'm one of those people... thanks for the help!

Steve31204
Steve31204

I did this so now how do I get the widget/dictionary to toggle back and forth using the mouse?  Now I have to click on the dock icon which is a pain!  

Blam
Blam

I'm one of those who hate the Lion change to Dashboard. While it's not that big a deal to leave what I'm reading, writing, or watching to, say, check the weather (since I'm stopping that activity for a moment anyway), not having the calculator superimposed over my screen made it balancing the checkbook a constant, unnecessary toggle. So thanks!

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