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Lesson 13. Dashboard—Important Informati... > Change the Keyboard Shortcut to Open...

Change the Keyboard Shortcut to Open Dashboard

If you don't like the default shortcut that opens Dashboard, you can change it.

1.
At the Finder, when Dashboard is not active, go to the Apple menu and choose “System Preferences….”

2.
Single-click “Dashboard & Exposé.”

3.
In the preferences pane, as shown below, choose an Fkey from the menu (circled) to use as your shortcut.

To add one or more of the modifier keys to your shortcut, just press that key(s) while the little menu is open. The menu will change to reflect the key combination you are pressing. For instance, you might want to use Control F1 to activate Dashboard. So hold down the Control key and click the Dashboard menu, then choose ^F1 (^ indicates the Control key).

If you have a two-button mouse attached to your Mac, you will see the second column of menus, as shown above, where you can choose to use the middle or right mouse button to activate Dashboard. This is great for a laptop—I can't use a shortcut like F7 without holding down the fn key also. This means it takes two hands to open Dashboard. But with the middle mouse button assigned to Dashboard, I can click the button once and Dashboard instantly appears. It's great.


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