Dashboard is a feature I use regularly, while some people don’t like it at all. I use widgets (single use applications) to check weather, stocks, and even make color combinations for my design work with a widget called Sphere. Dashboard, at least for me, is a handy reference that is never more than a swipe away.
I was fiddling around in Mountain Lion’s new Dashboard the other day and discovered something. With the UI tweak Dashboard received with the Mountain Lion update, you can organize your installed Widgets with ease. The new system of organization, when viewing the Widgets installed on your system, is very similar to your applications when viewed in Launchpad, which itself borrows heavily from iOS’ home screen layout.
If you click and drag a Widget icon, after clicking the “+” in the lower left corner, you can create a separate page for widgets, much like one does when setting up a new home screen for apps on the iPhone or iPad. Plus if you click and drag one icon on top of another, a folder is formed. Again, this is similar to the home screen on iOS and Launchpad on the Mac.
So there you have it- a way to organize your widgets that few of us knew even existed in Mountain Lion. I know as a heavy user of Dashboard, I will be using these little tricks as I accumulate more widgets going forward.