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Mac OS X’s Dashboard is a way to quickly access and use mini-applications, called widgets. Some widgets are separate applications, while others enable you to access other, full-blown Mac OS X applications.
By default, the Dashboard application is always running so that its widgets are always available to you. Unless you remove it from the Dock, the Dashboard’s icon is located to the immediate right of the Finder icon on the Dock (or below the Finder icon if you use a vertical Dock).
To use the Dashboard, you ...