How is it possible to transfer all my information from dashboard(in stickies) to my new macbook pro? Is there an easy file just to transfer or do I have to copy and paste them to an email? Also I have 10.6 running on my macbook and 10.7 on my new macbook pro if this makes a difference in how you can transfer them.

  • Do you want all the information from your dashboard, or all the information from the Stickies widget on your dashboard to transfer?
    – Daniel
    Jan 6, 2012 at 14:29

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All of the preferences/info from Apple supplied Dashboard widgets resides in ~/Library/Preferences. Do a search for anything beginning with widget-com.apple.widget - those are all your widgets.

For stickies specifically, copy widget-com.apple.widget.stickies.plist to the ~/Library/Preferences folder in your new machine, and you'll be all set.

  • This doesn't work.
    – Dean
    Oct 4, 2011 at 0:54
  • Well it should work. I found the same answer in the apple discussions. It was confirmed to be working.
    – gentmatt
    Jan 5, 2012 at 16:50
  • @gentmatt widget-com.apple.widget.stickies.plist does contain the data in my stickies. If I edit it, the changes won't get reflected to the Dashboard, but the edits stay in the file even if I open & close Dashboard. If I edit a stickie via Dashboard, the mentioned plist file will be rewritten by the system and contain only the stickie that was edited. Nevertheless, other stickies stay as they were even if the plist contains only one stickie's data. Jan 5, 2012 at 18:13
  • Refer to Daniel's answer for the second half of the solution. Additionally, rebooting will load the plist. Logging out wasn't enough for my computer (OS X 10.10.3). May 7, 2015 at 23:39

Why not just use the User Migration Assistant? It will transfer everything over from your account on the old machine.

One bit of advice: If your account name on the old machine is the same as your account name on the new machine, it may not transfer. I'd recommend creating and logging on to a temporary administrator account (in System Preferences -> Accounts), rename your account on the new machine if necessary, and run the user migration assistant from the temporary admin account.


While it is true that ~/Library/Preferences/widget-com.apple.widget.stickies.plist contains the data associated with each widget, the file ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.dashboard.plist contains information that causes the individual sticky widgets to be displayed.

If you hope to transfer stickies from one machine to another, both of these files will need to be copied. Note that this will clobber all the widgets on the target machine, not just Stickies. If this is not the desired behavior, some judicious plist editing could merge in just the entries for Stickies.


How many stickies do you have? Why not just copy the text out of the stickies and email it to yourself? Then check your email on the new machine and copy the text back into a new set of stickies.

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    There were about 25, it was to see if there was a simpler way than that.
    – Dean
    Jan 6, 2012 at 16:36

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