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OS X Mountain Lion Portable Genius by Dwight Spivey

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Working with Widgets

Mountain Lion includes an application called Dashboard that affords you another fun way to customize your Mac. With Dashboard, you can access and manage a multitude of widgets to track packages, get driving directions, browse the Yellow Pages, check stocks, see the latest weather forecasts, find out what movies are playing at your local multiplex, play Sudoku, and the list goes on. Widgets are one of those rare things that make your life easier and are cool to use at the same time. In the next few sections, I show you how to access, use, customize, and even create your own widgets.

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If you have a Mac laptop with a multitouch trackpad, or if you have the Magic Trackpad for your desktop Mac, simply swipe three fingers from left to right to flick over to the Dashboard screen!

To open Dashboard and see the default set of running widgets, do one of the following:

bullet.tif Click the Dashboard icon in your Dock.

bullet.tif Press F4 if you have a newer keyboard, or F12 if your keyboard is a bit older.

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Newer Mac keyboards, including those on newer laptops, may use F4 instead of F12. ...

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