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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Flashy way of loading a widget!

This is more a flashy tip than a useful tip, but here it is. First of all, you need to open dashboard and click on the "+" in the lower left corner to get the dashboard dock. Instead of clicking on the "+", you can also load that dock with "Command - =". When you load a widget from the widget dock at the bottom of dashboard, you usually click on the icon. This is the way I have always been loading widgets and that's what naturally made sense to me. There is a faster and mush flashier way to do it however. You can simply select the one you want and drag it to the dashboard. A nice animation will transform the icon into the right widget. What is faster about it is that you don't have to do this whole thing in two operations: clicking on the icon and moving the widget to where you want it. This is because you can drag the widget from the dock to the dashboard and you can bring it to the place where you want it directly. Here is a video screenshot showing this nice animation:

16 Comments:

Blogger Constantinos said...

and, like most things apple, you can hold down the shift key to slow it down (and show it off.. :)

September 17, 2007 at 10:04 PM  
Blogger C├íssio said...

Hahahah, cool, I knew that one. In fact, the animation when you put it on the screen is one of the coolest things that catched my eye when I first saw a Mac. I love this. I didnt know about the holding shift thing working in here also, loved it :D

September 17, 2007 at 10:19 PM  
Blogger MacTipper said...

I didn't know you could slow that down with the shift key. (It actually looks pretty cool when you drag out the widget manager.) And something I discovered when playing with it, is that if you hold shift when you press the arrow to go to the next set of widgets, it will do that in slo-mo also. :D

In addition, instead of pressing the plus sign in the lower left hand corner of the screen, you can merely hit Cmd-+. (I posted about that here.

MacTipper

September 17, 2007 at 11:24 PM  
Blogger sri2097 said...

Cool, Loved this tip.

September 18, 2007 at 2:36 AM  
Blogger salad_pie said...

The first thing i ever learnt on a mac was that.

September 18, 2007 at 4:21 AM  
Blogger Blablah said...

I've allways used the Drag & Drop method to add widgets... :/

September 18, 2007 at 6:51 AM  
Blogger Kush said...

you hold shift while dragging, it goes in slow motion

September 18, 2007 at 8:26 AM  
Blogger Mike said...

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September 18, 2007 at 8:45 AM  
Blogger Mikey said...

That is Cool!

September 18, 2007 at 8:52 AM  
Blogger salvatori_m said...

Great tip! thanks!
Hey, can you post one on how to navigate through tabs in firefox?

September 18, 2007 at 2:36 PM  
Blogger Daniel said...

Salvatori_M:
Navigate quickly thru firefox tabs by pressing Ctrl + Tab.
It will navigate thru the tabs one by one.

September 19, 2007 at 5:17 AM  
Blogger Zerotrickster said...

And even better I think : navigating through firefox by pressing Command + [insert number] - then you can decide for yourself which number of tabs you want to go into. Like Command + 1 for the first of your tabs and Command + 9 for the very last of your tabs.

September 19, 2007 at 12:21 PM  
Blogger Austin Brown said...

I had no idea you could tap the widgets to put them on the dashboard.

September 19, 2007 at 9:29 PM  
Blogger John said...

After downloading I just dbl click the widget and it adds it. I like this way the best.

September 20, 2007 at 7:18 AM  
Blogger jette said...

the first thing i picked up about mac when i got my first one, was that everything could be dragged :) only found the nifty shift trick by accident rather recently though :)

September 20, 2007 at 8:33 AM  
Blogger Liam said...

how did you do the video screenshot??

September 20, 2007 at 7:37 PM  

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