How to get rid of the Dashboard on a Mac computer running macOS Mojave or earlier

While the Dashboard on your Mac might be useful for quickly accessing apps, sometimes it can get in the way of what you're doing.

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While the Dashboard on your Mac might be useful for quickly accessing apps, sometimes it can get in the way of what you’re doing.
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  • If you want to get rid of the Dashboard on your Mac running macOS Mojave or earlier, you can do so in System Preferences.
  • Your Dashboard allows you to easily access a set of widgets you can pick and can be accessed in your doc or by pressing a few keys on your keyboard, but it’s also easy to disable the feature if you don’t use it.
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Though Apple discontinued the Dashboard feature on Mac computers with its recent macOS Catalina update, those who have Macs running macOS Mojave or earlier still have the feature and may want to do without it.

If you don’t find the Dashboard useful and subscribe to the idea that it’s good practice to turn off programs you’re not using, here’s how to turn off your Dashboard.

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How to get rid of the dashboard on your Mac

1. Click on the Apple icon in the top-left of the menu bar at the top of your screen.

Click the Apple icon.

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Click the Apple icon.
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2. Scroll down to and select “System Preferences…”

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Select “System Preferences…”
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3. Click on “Mission Control.”

Click on the Mission Control icon in the pop-up window.

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Click on the Mission Control icon in the pop-up window.
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4. The first item after the checkboxes in the “Mission Control” pop-up window is the “Dashboard” toggle.

Select the Dashboard item.

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Select the Dashboard item.
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5. Click on the “Dashboard” drop-down selector to choose between the three options.

6. Scrolling to “As Overlay” will make the widgets on your Dashboard appear over your main desktop. Scrolling to “As Space” will make your Dashboard appear as its own screen when you open it. To turn it off, scroll to “Off.”

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Select “Off” from the menu to turn your Dashboard off.
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