People have a love hate relationship with Dashboard. I love it, especially since I changed its background. If you want to disable the dashboard so it doesn’t load you can with an simple Terminal command. This means that dashboard will never start so you can’t access it. This allows you to not have it open and save precious CPU cycles. Its only a simple command, and you can turn it back on anytime.
To disable and turn off your dashboard open Terminal located in your Applications > Utilities folder. Copy and paste the following into Terminal.
defaults write com.apple.dashboard mcx-disabled -boolean YES;
This will turn off dashboard and restart the Dock. The dock controls the dashboard and restarting this service will cause your dashboard not to load.
When you hit the dashboard button on your keyboard (bound to F4 or F12) you will notice it doesn’t load. It will also not be present if you use the figure gesture to move the Dashboard or be present in Mission Control.
If you want to turn it back on, use the following command.
defaults write com.apple.dashboard mcx-disabled -boolean NO;
The only change is the option changing from YES to NO. This will re-enable the command and restart the Dock so the change can take effect.
It is only a simple change, however for those who do not like the Dashboard it is easy to turn off. This change may also be useful for those people who want to set up a School or Work computer and don’t want to enabled.