Switch Dashboard Back to Overlay Mode – Mac Kung Fu, 2nd Edition

Tip 378Switch Dashboard Back to Overlay Mode

Up until OS X Lion, the Dashboard magically overlaid the main desktop when it was activated. In recent releases of OS X, however, it’s been converted into a desktop space.

If you prefer the old way of working, open System Preferences (Apple menuSystem Preferences), select the Mission Control icon, and remove the check next to Show Dashboard as a Space. This change will take effect immediately.

You’ll now have to switch to Dashboard either by using its hotkey, if your Mac’s keyboard has one, or by hitting F12 (Fn+F12 on portable Macs and Macs with aluminum keyboards).

A nice side effect of making this switch is that the “ripple” special effect that formerly appeared when a new widget added to the Dashboard is also restored.