Dashboard is disabled by default in MacOS Mojave, but if you’re a fan of the handy underappreciated widgets feature on the Mac, for quick access to things like unit conversion tools, weather reports, calendar, a dictionary and thesaurus, world clocks, and more, then you will be happy to know that you can quickly enable Dashboard in MacOS Mojave.
You can use Dashboard in MacOS as a Space or as an Overlay. Dashboard as a Space puts it alongside other virtual desktops in Mission Control, whereas Dashboard as an Overlay places it hovering over the current desktop or app.
Enabling Dashboard in MacOS Mojave
Here is how you can turn on Dashboard in Mac OS:
- Open the System Preferences via the Apple menu
- Choose “Mission Control”
- Look for “Dashboard” and pull down the dropdown menu next to that, choosing either “Space” or “Overlay”
- Access Dashboard as usual (often F12 key, or via Mission Control)
Accessing and dismissing Dashboard can be done through a number of ways, including key shortcut (typically F12 or FN + F12), swiping gestures, Mission Control like any other desktop space, or a Hot Corner, depending on how you have it configured.
While Dashboard is disabled by default in MacOS Mojave for whatever reason, it’s obviously still fairly easy to enable. Why it’s turned off is anyones guess, but it’s that way even on a clean install of macOS Mojave, so even if you had it turned off before but forgot about it, that won’t impact going forward, it just needs to be manually enabled nowadays.
Of course you can also disable Dashboard again if you decide you don’t need the feature after all, that’s just a matter of returning to the Mission Control settings and selecting “Off” as the option.
If you enjoyed this tip, you might also appreciate some other Mission Control tips and Dashboard tips too. And if you have any interesting tricks regarding Dashboard in Mac OS, share them with us in the comments below!