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Creating a Web Clip widget
Making a Web Clip starts in Safari (no other browsers can do this). While viewing the web page that you want to “clip” a portion for your Dashboard, choose the “Open in Dashboard…” command in Safari’s File menu.
This will put the cursor into a special mode where it tries to highlight the portion of the web page that you are hovering over. Sometimes it does a good job of interpreting the structure of the web page and highlights exactly the size and shape of the section you want to “clip”. If so, click when the section you want to clip is highlighted.
If Safari can’t seem to highlight the section you want and just shows a highlighted square, just click in the general vicinity. Then move and resize the selected area by clicking and dragging:
- The middle of the selected area to MOVE,
- The border handles to RESIZE.
In either case, once the highlighted area is as you wish, click the “Add” button that has appeared in the upper right corner of the page. You should then see your Web Clip appear as a new widget on your Dashboard.
Removing Dashboard Widgets
- To remove a Dashboard widget, open the Dashboard.
- Click or tap the minus (-) sign in the bottom left corner of the Dashboard.
- After a moment, each widget will have an X appear next to it. Click or tap an X to remove the corresponding widget.
Note: Removing a Dashboard widget doesn’t delete the widget from your Mac. The widget can be reinstalled into your Dashboard using the instructions above.
Web Clip settings
As if grabbing a piece of a web page, placing it on your Dashboard, and having it updated whenever you look wasn’t good enough, there are six border themes to choose from to to make your widget even spiffier. Play around with them to see which works best with your Web Clip. For example, here’s the “Vintage Corners” theme.
The only other option Web Clip option is a “Only play audio in Dashboard” checkbox. Checked by default, this makes any Web Clips that include audio or video to stop as soon as you leave Dashboard mode. But, if you uncheck this, you can hide the Dashboard and continue to hear any audio that Web Clip might contain.
Create Your Own Widgets
You can create your own Mac widgets using Safari. This type of widget is actually a mini-browser that will display a clipped section of a web page. Want to know the local news headlines? How about sports scores? Maybe you’d like to know what new hardware is being featured on the OWC website.
All you need to do is launch Safari and go to the website that contains the information you wish to track.
- Once the website loads, in Safari select “File > Open in Dashboard.”
- A small square outline will appear. Place the outline over the area of the website you wish to capture. Use the anchor points on the outline to expand or contract the size of the selection box until it covers the content you wish to capture.
- When you have the selection box set, click the Add button in the banner at the top of the browser.
The web clipping will be added to the Dashboard.