How to kill or disable the Dashboard in OS X

How to kill the Dashboard in OS X

You either use Dashboard regularly or you hate it. Dashboard is one of those system utility that is started when OS X boots up and it is always running. Which means it consumes CPU and memory, but the usage could be negligible if you’ve added no widgets.

If you have no use for Dashboard, you can disable it through Terminal with the following command:

defaults write com.apple.dashboard mcx-disabled -boolean YES && killall Dock

After issuing the above command, the Dock will be restarted. 

To re-enable, do the reverse by using the following command:

defaults write com.apple.dashboard mcx-disabled -boolean NO && killall Dock