Dashboard Widgets would be much more useful as MenuBar apps, but some aren't. Is there a way to force OS X to display active Widgets in the MenuBar or as application windows?

  • No. Widgets and menu bar icons are programmed differently. Any widget that happens to have a menu bar icon is because the programmer chose to do so.
    – tubedogg
    Mar 22, 2015 at 4:28
  • I also found that under System Preferences → Mission Control, there's a setting for displaying Dashboard "As Overlay", which is a step in the direction I want to go.
    – Crowder
    Mar 27, 2015 at 8:34

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With WidgetRunner you can run OS X widgets as desktop apps, but not menu bar apps.

  • Great tip. This is exactly what I was looking for.
    – Crowder
    Mar 25, 2015 at 21:48

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