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Remove Mac OSX Dashboard As A Display Screen On OSX Lion

Some people may find the Dashboard that resides to the left of your farthest left desktop on MAC OSX useful however I always find myself scrolling to that desktop on accident. I attempted to use the Dashboard for awhile for various plugins/buckets that made accessing things like a IPSec VPN client I used fairly easy but the truth is it is even easier to keep the IPSec VPN client in the OSX Dock. I believe the Dashboard was introduced in OSX 10.4 or OSX Tiger. The Dashboard acts as a Space and in OSX 10.7 or OSX Lion they added the ability to easily remove the Dashboard as a space. Follow the directions below to disable Dashboard as a Space or a Desktop screen whichever it is.

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Disable Caps Lock On Macbook Keyboard, Disable Caps Lock On OSX

One key that always gets in the way for me on any keyboard I use is the caps lock key. On Windows 7 I use a third party application to disable the caps lock key as noted in this article. On Mac OSX the functionality to disable the caps lock key is built in so it doesn’t require any third party software. Use the information below to disable the caps lock key on your Macbook laptop or other computers running OSX. I believe the functionality to disable the caps lock key was added in OSX 10.4 and I can confirm that it is still available in OSX Lion or OSX 10.7.1.

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How to Remove GarageBand on Mac OS X

Recently my wife let me know that her Macbook would only work for about five minutes. Now in knowing that her technical knowledge is limited I asked specifically what that meant and she explained that she could visit web pages for a couple minutes and then her browser no longer worked. The computer was still on but no web pages would come up.

After a little troubleshooting I realized the Macbook was out of disk space. She uses Safari primarily so I imagine some temporary cache was filling up and not allowing future web pages to open up. She is running OS X 10.4 so I needed to find out how to clean up the disk a bit. I decided to do two things which included removing GarageBand which she has never used and archiving some of her older music and pictures.