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How to Backup Your Dashboard and Widgets

How to Backup Your Dashboard and Widgets

Posted November 3, 2007 at 12:55pm by iClarified · 81106 views
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To backup or transfer your Dashboard Layout and Widget Content in Mac OS X Leopard follow these steps:

Step One
Open a new Finder window by clicking its icon in the dock.
How to Backup Your Dashboard and Widgets

Step Two
Select Go then Go to Folder... from the Finder menu bar.
How to Backup Your Dashboard and Widgets

Step Three
Enter ~/Library/Preferences/ into the entryfield the click the Go button.
How to Backup Your Dashboard and Widgets

Step Four
From you Finder window highlight these files by Command+Clicking them

com.apple.dashboard.client.plist
com.apple.dashboard.plist


Press Command+c on the keyboard to copy these files to the clipboard. In another Finder window use Command+v to paste them into the folder for backup or transfer.
How to Backup Your Dashboard and Widgets

Step Five
Scroll further down in your Preferences Folder (Original Finder Window) and highlight all the files that begin with widget-com.

As you did in Step Four, copy these files to your backup or transfer location.
How to Backup Your Dashboard and Widgets

Step Six
Select Go then Go to Folder... from the Finder menu bar.
How to Backup Your Dashboard and Widgets

Step Seven
Enter ~/Library/Widgets/ into the entryfield the click the Go button.
How to Backup Your Dashboard and Widgets

Step Eight
Highlight all the widgets in this folder (Command+a). NOTE***: If you don't want a specific widget backed up then don't highlight it.

Copy and Paste these widgets into your location for backup or transfer.
How to Backup Your Dashboard and Widgets

Step Nine
When you are restoring from backup. Copy all the backed up files into their original locations. You will not notice the restore immediately. The dashboard will have to be restarted. The easiest way is to just restart your computer.

The other way is to open Activity Monitor from the Applications : Utilities folder.
How to Backup Your Dashboard and Widgets

Select Dock from the list and click the Quit Process button.
How to Backup Your Dashboard and Widgets

How to Backup Your Dashboard and Widgets

A popup will appear asking you whether to Force Quit or Quit. Select Quit. The Dock will restart and with it the Dashboard!
How to Backup Your Dashboard and Widgets
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doc - May 4, 2009 at 6:41am
Hi, Did this technique also backup the inside of notes took on post-it?
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