Unable to enable Dashboard in OS X Yosemite

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  1. Rafagon

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    I'm trying to enable the Dashboard in OS X Yosemite (it is disabled by default). I would like to start using the Dashboard because I would like to get the Dictionary Dashboard widget up and running:

    dictionarywidget.jpg (thumbnail; click to expand)

    However, I cannot seem to get the Dashboard to work at all.

    Dashboard is available in OS X Yosemite, according to various sources:

    http://support.apple.com/kb/PH18809 (Apple support document last modified on Nov. 18, 2014)
    http://www.quora.com/Is-Dashboard-still-in-OS-X-Yosemite
    http://www.tekrevue.com/tip/enable-dashboard-os-x-yosemite/ (Published on Oct. 7, 2014)
    http://blog.laptopmag.com/adjust-yosemite-dashboard
    http://www.superb.info/review-screenshots-os-x-yosemite/ (fourth screenshot from the top of the article)

    However, getting Dashboard to work has been troublesome for some users, according to at least two sources:

    https://discussions.apple.com/thread/6641766
    https://discussions.apple.com/thread/6657457

    Per the intructions offered by https://discussions.apple.com/thread/6641766, I attemped to remove the entries that were mentioned, but those entries did not exist in the folder that was mentioned.

    In theory, to get Widgets running on OS X Yosemite, all that one needs to do is to go to System Preferences > Mission Control, find the Dashboard option, and set it to either Overlay (the traditional view), or As Space (putting the Dashboard in its own desktop space).

    However, here's what's happening on my system:

    When I go to Mission Control and select Dashboard: As Overlay, it revers back to Off as soon as I quit System Preferences. Same thing happens if I select Dashboard: As Space.

    Furthermore, If I select Dashboard: As Overlay and I have its hotkey set to F5, even if I press F5 before quitting System Preferences, absolutely nothing happens.

    I recorded a video of what is happening to make the issue as clear as possible:


    (best viewed at 720p and full-screen)

    Any and all tips or suggestions will be appreciated!

    I will also submit a bug report to Apple at https://bugreport.apple.com and see if they can offer any guidance.

    Update: This issue has been resolved. If you should be experiencing the same problem, skip to post number three here on this thread to see the resolution.
     
    #1 Rafagon, Nov 28, 2014
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  2. Rafagon

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    Update: I found an article which allowed me to get the Dashboard to work via a defaults write command.

    This article is dated July 29, 2005(!), so naturally, I was a bit apprehensive about issuing a defaults write command from an article that is almost ten years old, but it worked... and so far, there are no side effects.

    I would still like to figure out why it doesn't work the way it should via the System Preferences menu, so if you have any input on the above post, please share it.
     
  3. Rafagon

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    Update: tal1971 over at the Apple Support Communities provided the following steps, which fully resolve the problem:

    dashboard.png

    I first went back into Terminal.app and issued a new defaults write command that reversed the previous one (which I mentioned in the post above this one).

    Then I followed the four steps above and everything is working swimmingly now.

    Unsurprisingly, I haven't gotten word back from Apple as to the bug report for this issue that I submitted.
     
  4. Kadelic

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    For what it's worth, Dashboard has worked fine for me from Snow Leopard through Yosemite. I just wish LaunchPad wouldn't have rendered my folders not only empty and worthless, but also non-delete-able. I also wish Finder wouldn't require a forced relaunch every time I open a new window in order to get the sidebar to show up.
     
  5. Europa

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    Will you elaborate on this? I just checked and all of my folders in LanchPad are working fine. None of the apps in your folders will open? Finder is also working fine for me. You don't have a sidebar each time you open it? I also have tabs in Finder, so I'm not sure I understand why you have to open new windows.
     
  6. Rafagon

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    Are you saying that you're going to Finder > File > New Finder Window, your sidebar isn't there on the newly created Finder window, and then you have to go to the View menu, select "Show Sidebar," and then you still have to relaunch the Finder in order to get the sidebar to show up? Do you have to do this every single time you open a new Finder window? That's something odd going on there. That shouldn't be happening.

    Every time I open a Finder window, the sidebar is automally present... You are referring to the following Sidebar, correct? It's the only Sidebar I know of, but just to make sure we're on the same page.

    looks like this.png

    That's odd, I just tried it multiple times and I always get my Sidebar:
    always get my sidebar.jpg (thumbnail; click to enlarge to full size)

    When you go to Finder > View, do you see this on the drop-down menu:

    do you see.png (thumbnail; click to enlarge to full size)

    Specifically, do you see "Hide Sidebar" on the View Dropdown menu? If you don't see that, then you should be seeing "Show Sidebar." Click on that to (hopefully automatically) show the sidebar on any future Finder windows you may open.

    Hope this helps...
     
  7. Rafagon

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    Please forgive me, I misread... You were talking about LaunchPad in your second sentence. In your third sentence you described your issue with Finder and I guess I was reading a bit fast and I thought your entire post was about your Finder issue, so I only addressed that, and failed to address your Launchpad issue (i.e. the fact that it rendered your Launchpad folders empty, worthless, and un-delete-able).

    So you had your Launchpad neatly organized, with apps in folders, etc., and it rendered the folders empty, worthless, and undeletable? When did the issue start; right after updating to Yosemite?

    Try following the instructions on post #2 and post #3 on this thread at the Apple Support Communities to delete stubborn and empty folders in Launchpad. I'm fond of Post #2, but I don't have any empty folders on my LaunchPad to test it on, sorry!

    Going off on a tangent, I don't think I've used Launchpad in several years. If I had been using it, I'm sure I would've run into the same situation you did. I rely solely on the Dock for my most often-used apps, and when I want to launch an app I don't use that frequently, I simply go to Finder and begin typing out its name... Example: Activity Monitor is an app I only use once a week, for the most part, so I don't keep it in my Dock, and I simply launch it by typing the first few letters of the application's name on Spotlight Search, then clicking on the app's name as soon as it autocompletes:

    spotlight search to launch apps I don't use every day.png
     
  8. Rafagon

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    Sorry, one more thing I forgot to mention: If you have lost your ability to delete empty folders, your file permissions may be gotten messed up. If this is the case, this is super easy to fix:

    Follows these steps:

    http://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201560 (This support document was updated on November 16th, 2014; so it should be quite up-to-date)

    Finally: if the above doesn't work and restores your ability to delete empty Launchpad folders, then you should folllow these steps:

    http://www.macissues.com/2014/04/11/how-to-fix-home-folder-permissions-in-os-x/

    It's only five steps, but please be sure you type everything correctly.
     
  9. Kadelic

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    It's not that the apps won't open, it's that the folders I had are all empty. The apps are still there, sorry if that wasn't clear. As for Finder, I prefer opening a new window. I haven't taken to using tabs yet, mostly because I forget about the new feature. Nonetheless, the sidebar does not appear consistently unless I force quit/relaunch Finder.
     
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    Yes. I use LP regularly and have since switched to using Spotlight and/or the dock. Anyway, I've toggled Hide/Show the sidebar in Finder and now I'm consistently getting it when I Command+N.

    Sorry for getting off topic with the Finder and LP stuff. I was taken aback that Dashboard was working fine for me when I'm having these other weird problems. I have the native dictionary, calculator and weather widgets on my DB, in addition to the Notefile app widget running and all work flawlessly.
     
  11. Rafagon

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    No worries, man!

    Yeah, my Dashboard is now working swimmingly, as I stated in post #3 here in this thread.

    I'm gonna start a new thread about something useful I learned about saving parts of webpages as Dashboard widgets (and these "web clips" aren't saved in a static fashion—they will update with the most current content every time you activate the Dashboard). I may have known about this some time ago, but if I did, I had all but forgotten about it... I want to start a new thread because the title of this one—I gotta admit—does not really sound interesting and many folks might not bother starting to read this thread as a result. :eek:
     

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