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A thing that I like with Windows 7 is that I can have the gadgets (widgets) open and visible all the time, e.g. a small RSS reader in the corner of the desktop.

I would like to be able to have a small RSS reader in the corner of my Mac OS X desktop too. I already use a RSS reader as Dashboard widget, but I have to press F12 every time I want to chek it. Are there any way I can show the widgets all the time while I'm working in other applications? I haven't used the Dashboard that much before.

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I suggest you follow apple.stackexchange.com/questions/400/… –  Am1rr3zA Apr 22 '11 at 20:53
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You can drag a widget outside the "screen" it appears in, if you enable the debugging mode for the Dashboard.

  • Open a Terminal window, and execute the following command: defaults write com.apple.dashboard devmode YES
  • log out, and log in back
  • press the key-combination that in your Mac shows the Dashboard
  • grab the widget you want to take off from the Dashboard, and drag it
  • press the key-combination that you used to make the Dashboard appear
  • drop the widget when you want to place it

Alternatively, there are some utilities that enable it for you; I cannot report you which ones are, though.

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You could try out GeekTool. There are some geeklets available to show an RSS feed on your desktop and are relatively easy to set up if you do a bit of reading.

You can download GeekTool from here -> http://projects.tynsoe.org/en/geektool/

Geeklets -> http://www.macosxtips.co.uk/geeklets/about/

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