KillDashBoard: Get Your Mac Back!

by Sean Henriques

KillDashboard : a utility to disable the Dashboard on your Mac

After seeing my lovely 4GB Macbook Pro come to a halt, I checked the Activity Monitor and was horrified to see that the Dashboard was taking up more than 1GB of Real Memory!

I don’t know about you but I rarely pop into the Dashboard so I wrote up a utility to Kill the Dashboard quickly and posted on buzz.

A request to share it soon followed , so here it is…


* Download the file below
* Unzip
* Copy both apps into your Applications folder.

To kill the dashboard:

* Just go to spotlight
* Search on the word: Kill  {You’ll likely see just this utility]
* Hit enter—>  Your Dashboard is now offline.
Bonus: It will stay disabled even after you reboot [until you run the restart dashboard app].

To restart the dashboard:

* just go to the spotlight and
* search on the word: Start  [You’ll likely see just this utility]
* hit enter–>Your Dashboard is now back.

Application URL:

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About the Author

Rick Sutcliffe

Opinions expressed here are entirely the author's own, and no endorsement is implied by any community or organization to which he may be attached. Rick Sutcliffe, (a. k. a. The Northern Spy) is professor of Computing Science and Mathematics at Canada's Trinity Western University. He has been involved as a member or consultant with the boards of several community and organizations, and participated in developing industry standards at the national and international level. He is a co-author of the Modula-2 programming language R10 dialect. He is a long time technology author and has written two textbooks and nine alternate history SF novels, one named best ePublished SF novel for 2003. His columns have appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers (paper and online), and he's a regular speaker at churches, schools, academic meetings, and conferences. He and his wife Joyce have lived in the Aldergrove/Bradner area of BC since 1972.