Is there any software to put certain "widgets" on the desktop, such as notes or a clock? I would like to have apps permanently affixed there, rather than being open as separate apps or hovering over other windows.

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In some versions of Mac OS X it is possible to detach widgets from the Dashboard and leave them on the desktop.

Enable Dashboard Development Mode

  1. Launch Utilities > Terminal.app
  2. Issue the command defaults write com.apple.dashboard devmode YES
  3. Issue the command killall Dock
  4. Quit Terminal.app
  5. Display the Dashboard; using the F12 key
  6. Click and hold on a widget
  7. Hide the Dashboard; using the F12 key
  8. In development mode, the widget remains visible and can now be positioned on the Desktop

These steps were originally for Mac OS X 10.4 but this technique is reported to still work with 10.8, Mountain Lion.

  • Doesn't Seem to be working in Mavericks. Just saying because the OP tagged Mavericks. Commented Mar 17, 2014 at 5:53
  • I am also unable to recreate this on OS X 10.9.2; Apple appears to have removed the behaviour. Commented Mar 17, 2014 at 7:05
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    Works in Mavericks. OS X 10.10.3. However, they still float above all other windows. Commented Jun 3, 2015 at 18:03

First you have to go to System Prefrences>Mission Control and uncheck Show Dashboard as a Space... This still works, killall Dock after moving widgets to desktop


There is an application called the Dashboard that houses widgets. Below is a screenshot of the app icon, and another screenshot of my Dashboard.

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    This does not answer the question…
    – daviesgeek
    Commented Oct 6, 2014 at 17:18
  • works. then click the Plus sign at the bottom to add widgets..
    – Tony
    Commented May 26, 2016 at 2:47

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