If you don’t use Dashboard on your Mac, then why not completely disable it. A functional macOS application that takes up valuable megabytes in the computer’s memory can be easily deactivated. But before that you should ask yourself the question: how often and for what purpose do I use the extra workspace and what widgets do I really need.

How to Close Dashboard on Mac?

If of all the widgets available for Dashboard, you only use the weather or a calculator, you can easily find a replacement for them. For example, to find out the forecast, you can download the utility for “Notification Center”. The program copes with its duties perfectly and does not require a Dashboard for operation. Other widgets have analogs.

Therefore, Dashboard can be safely disabled.

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How to Remove Dashboard in macOS?

How to Get Rid of Dashboard on Mac?

Deactivating the widget bar on macOS is easy. To do this, use one command in the Terminal:

  • Open the standard Terminal application from the Utilities folder;
  • Run the command to disable Dashboard:
defaults write com.apple.dashboard mcx-disabled -boolean YES
  • Reboot the dock for the change to take effect:
killall Dock


That’s all! Now Dashboard is unloaded from the memory of your Mac and does not occupy valuable megabytes. If you change your mind and decide to return this function back to macOS:

  • Use the same command, but instead of YES, set NO:
defaults write com.apple.dashboard mcx-disabled -boolean NO
  • Do not forget to restart the Dock at the end:
killall Dock

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Hi there! My Name is Vincent Lago! My goal is to share insightful reviews, guides, and manuals for people looking to know more about current solutions for Apple hardware and OS. I have years of technological background knowledge including owning a custom iMacs & PCs which was using for different types of business. And now, I want to share my experience with you.

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