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OS X Mountain Lion: Dashboard widgets that are preinstalled

Dashboard widgets that are preinstalled

Your computer has several Dashboard widgets already installed. To view them, swipe right with three or four fingers. Or press the Dashboard key or F12 key (Fn-F12 on portable keyboards).

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Widget How to use it

Business

Choose a business name from the search field’s pop-up menu, or type a category (such as “pizza”), and view your results in the expanded window. To change the city, click the Info button (i).

Calculator

Enter numbers by clicking the buttons or using your keyboard.

Calendar

Click the pane showing today’s date to switch between a small or expanded widget. Click the arrow buttons to move to the next or previous month, or press the arrow keys on your keyboard. The Up and Down Arrow keys display previous and next years.

Contacts

Type a name or number in the search field.

Dictionary

Type a word in the search field and press Return. Use the pop-up menu to change the source (for example, to Thesaurus).

ESPN

Click the Info button (i) in the upper-right corner and choose a sport from the pop-up menu. Then click News to view the latest news feeds from ESPN, or click Scores to see how your team is faring.

Flight Tracker

Choose an airline, departure city, and arrival city from the pop-up menus, or enter the information in the fields. Then click Find Flights, select the flight in the results, and click Track Flight.

Google

Type a word or phrase in the field. Your default web browser opens to display the search results.

iTunes

iTunes must be open for this widget to work. Use the controls to play, pause, and skip forward and backward through songs in your iTunes library or a playlist, or to listen to Internet radio. To control the volume, drag the dot in the outer dial.

To choose a playlist, click the Info button (i).

Movies

The first time you open the Movies widget, click anywhere inside the widget to enlarge it. You can view movies for today, tomorrow, or the upcoming week. To see a description, click a movie’s title. To view a trailer, click the trailer button. To buy tickets, click a theater’s name and a viewing time. If it is possible to buy tickets online, the Buy Tickets button is available.

To view theaters near you, click the Info button (i) and type your zip code.

Ski Report

Click the Info button (i) in the bottom-right corner and type the name of a resort.

Stickies

Type on the Stickies note. To change the note color and font, click the Info button (i) in the bottom-right corner.

Stocks

To enter a company, click the Info button (i) in the bottom-right corner. To view a graph that shows the highs and lows over a period of time, click a company symbol.

There is up to a 20-minute delay in tracking stocks.

Tile Game

Click the widget to scramble the tiles. Click it again to stop. To rearrange tiles, click a tile that borders the empty space to move it in its place. Continue until you see the picture again.

To realign the tiles to show the picture, press Command (⌘)-R.

Translation

Choose the languages that you want to translate from and to using the pop-up menus, type the word or phrase in the text box below “Translate from,” and press Return.

Unit Converter

Choose a unit category from the Convert pop-up menu. Then use the other pop-up menus to choose the unit you want converted and the unit you want it converted to. Type a value in the left field.

Weather

To change the city, click the Info button (i).

World Clock

To change the city, click the Info button (i).

You can open multiple World Clock widgets to keep track of different time zones.

Last Modified: Aug 8, 2013
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