Is there a way to disable moving widgets around in the dashboard? I have a neat layout all set up, and would like to prevent accidental widget movements.

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In Finder, press ShiftG and type ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.dashboard.plist and press Enter. Press I to bring up the file information pane. Click the Locked checkbox.

This will not prevent you from moving widgets around,opening new widgets, etc., but will preserve the arranged state of widgets at the time of locking such that any future time you launch Dashboard (rebooting, logging in, restarting Dock, etc), they will be preserved in their state at the time you locked the Dashboard.

  • Nice tip. Coupled with a restart dock extension for Alfred, I can restore my layout if I mess it up. But I would infinitely prefer not being able to move widgets at all...
    – Soumya
    Feb 9, 2012 at 23:31
  • Working on it. But I thought this was a helpful start.
    – Daniel
    Feb 9, 2012 at 23:54

I am using Doc Unlocker 2 for this


  • This locks the position of items in the Dock, not the position of items in the Dashboard.
    – Daniel
    Feb 10, 2012 at 2:57

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