Wednesday, May 20, 2009, 01:16 AM – Tips and Hints

My poor little PowerBook G4 has been so ill. My daughter, the Apple specialist, has kept it running for me while I waited for my new MacBook Pro to arrive. It finally came yesterday and my daughter and I are in the process of setting it up, transferring files, etc. Some things from the G4 are lost due to one of the crashes and a bad backup drive, but I have been fairly lucky all things considered.

Shortly I will ask her to install a new hard drive in the G4 and I will sell it to help pay for the new MacBook because it does have a lot of life left in it. If were not for the fact that Snow Leopard will be out shortly I could have kept it awhile longer. Snow Leopard will require computers with the intel chip and I will not be able to test software without the new MacBook.

Long story to get to this tip. There are a couple of Widgets that I routinely use and I was in the process of downloading them to the new machine when I saw a new one that looked interesting and decided to download it as well. Bad decision!

Widgets are made by individuals which means they are not always as perfect as we would like them to be. This one would not work and caused my new machine to freeze up. I needed to get rid of it which is hard to to when you machine is frozen.

I restarted the machine. Clicked on the dashboard icon on my Dock. You can also use F12 if you have that key set for that in the Exposé and Spaces System Preferences Pane. Then I clicked on the big plus sign in the round circle that appeared. When I did that, I had a button option that said “manage widgets”.

A new window opened. At the bottom of this window is the button that lets you go out and look for new widgets. But listed within the window are all the widgets that you currently have. On the left are boxes that you can click or unclick. If you unclick them, they stay in place, but don’t show up in your active list of widgets.

If you have downloaded any widgets, like the bad one I downloaded, you will find a red circle with a minus sign inside it, next to each of them. To delete them from your computer, just click on that red circle and they will be deleted. You will be asked if you are sure you want to delete them.

Here is a secret not many people know. You can actually delete widgets that came with your system. Say you could not care less about ski reports and don’t want it taking up room. Here is how you do it.

Go to your hard drive > Library > Widgets. (It doesn’t matter if it is in list, column, or icon view.) Find the widget you want to remove and drag it to the trash to permanently remove it.

That’s it. Have fun.



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