You can grab a small portion of a web page and use that to create a Dashboard widget. This gives you easy access to information from often-updated web sites. You can view the widget on your Dashboard screen or mixed in with your desktop.
Hi, this is Gary with MacMost Now. On today’s episode let’s look at putting parts of web pages on your dashboard.
So using either Mission Control or by using a gesture, I’m going to use a three finger swipe, you can go to the left of your main desktop and get to the area that is called your main dashboard. Here’s a place you can put different dashboard widgets. You may have used this before. It has been around a long time. You can add different widgets to it. You can just move around these widgets here. They are kind of just small little apps like this weather app here, the clock, and the calendar and such.
So you can actually create your own by taking a piece of a web page and using that as a widget.
So here is a news web site. They have a little area here that has stock information that I think would make a nice widget. So let me go to File and Open in Dashboard. Now what this does then is it puts this little bar at the top. I can select an area of the page and you can see it locks onto certain areas. Other times it just has a rectangle. Whichever one you select it is going to give you the ability to move these little handles at the top and bottom to define the area. So I am going to use this area here and I’m going to click Add and you can see it is going to jump over to the dashboard and it’s going to put this new clip here and it is going to load it. So now I have this dashboard widget here that shows this portion of the web page.
So it is important to realize here with this widget that it will update in real time. So as this page changes, just as if you went to the web page at a different time, it would load in the most recent data. So you basically have a little area where you can see the top news or stocks or sport scores. You can use this for all sorts of things.
Now you see that dashboard has its own space over here to the right. I can actually make it work so that it mingles in with everything else by going to System Preferences and under Mission Control, that’s where it says show dashboard as a space, I’m going to turn that off. Now I can find the dashboard icon here in the dock and it will load up and you can see it is loaded up on my main space right here as an app. So kind of like an overlay with everything else. I can bring it up by clicking on it very easily.
There is also here a keyboard shortcut. So you can see on my computer here it is set to F12. So I can easily press F12 to bring up dashboard including many of the web clips that I have created.
So web clippings can be very useful. Of course keep in mind that it’s going to load the entire web page and just show a section of it so if you throw a whole bunch of them on your dashboard it is going to slow down your dashboard quite a bit. If the pages themselves update a lot with a lot of things going on in real time on that site, then it could get real slow. So try it out and see how well it works for you on your Mac with the site that you want to create a dashboard widget from.
Hope you found this useful. Until next time this is Gary from MacMost Now.