How To Hide Your Dashboard From Mission Control

Why Would I Want To Do This?

One of my favorite features of the Mac OS X is the way it handles multiple desktops and manages the apps you have made full screen by placing them in their own desktop. Much like you can cycle through your running applications, it’s also very easy to manage and move between those desktops using Mission Control. By default though your Mac will include and show a desktop for your Mac Dashboard.

While Dashboard can be useful with the addition of a weather or note pad widget, Apple has really minimized its emphasis and my experience is that most folks don’t use it very often, if ever. If you’re one who either doesn’t use Dashboard or would just prefer to not have it appear as its own desktop or space, it’s really easy to disable it.

Lets look at the Dashboard in Mission Control


In the above image you’ll see that I have a number of applications running full screen along with my standard desktop, and over on the far left there is the Dashboard. Keeping the dashboard in the Mission Control not only takes a spot in the screen here but it also will be included when you cycle through desktops.

Lets go ahead and remove it.

Open your System Preferences


The icon for your System Preferences may still reside in your Dock but you can always still access it from your Applications folder as well.

Access your Mission Control Preferences


Lots of choices here. We’re looking for Mission Control.

Make Mission Control changes


The Mission Control preferences pane gives you a lot of options for customizing its behavior and I encourage you to experiment with them to see if they also benefit you and your workflow. We’re here just to turn off the Dashboard though so go ahead and uncheck the box for Show Dashboard as a space.



Now when you access your Mission Control or swipe through your desktop spaces, you won’t see your Dashboard. However, it is still available for you to use so if you do need to access it for any reason, pressing your F4 key will overlay it on your currently active window.