From The Tips Box: Dashboard Widgets, Shell Scripts

Readers offer their best tips for removing widgets from OS X's dashboard and running shell scripts in the Terminal.

Every day we receive boatloads of great reader tips in our inbox, but for various reasons — maybe they're a bit too niche, maybe we couldn't find a good way to present it, or maybe we just couldn't fit it in — the tip didn't make the front page. From the Tips Box is where we round up some of our favourites for your buffet-style consumption. Got a tip of your own to share? Add it in the comments or email it to tips at

Delete Dashboard Widgets with a Keyboard Shortcut in OS X

Nsk1492 shares a quick tip for heavy Dashboard users in OS X:

In Mac OS X Lion and Snow Leopard (10.7 and 10.6), you can delete widgets from the dashboard by holding "option" and mousing over the widget windows, then the "X" icon will appear. I'm not sure if this works in Leopard and before, but I've tested it in Lion and Snow Leopard.

Run Shell Scripts in the Terminal with the ".command" Extension

Terminal chief Cinnamonster discovers an useful trick for running shell scripts:

Just found this for OS X: renaming an executable shell script with extension ".command" allows it to be executed in terminal automatically on double-click. You can drag to editor or right click > Open With to edit. Or do it the old-fashioned way with your text editor of choice in Terminal, of course.


    OSX 10.5.8 - leopard has the same functionality for deleting dashboard widgets. 'option' then hover to delete.

    Or, from a terminal "chmod a+x ". It will allow you to double click it from finder then.

      That should read "chmod a+x >filename<"

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