How to Monitor Websites From the Mac Dashboard

Do you use the dashboard on your Mac? Many Mac users find the dashboard pointless and don’t use it at all. Others only use it every now and then when they happen to remember that it’s there.

One of the coolest widgets on the Mac dashboard is the Web Clip widget. With this widget, you can clip any part of a Web page in Safari via the “open in dashboard” option. This is a great way to monitor changes to any Web page(s) that you choose; whenever the page changes/updates, so will your widget.

If you need to check a Web page regularly for changes, just use the Web Clip widget. Unfortunately, you can’t interact with the widget, but it’s an excellent monitoring tool. Best of all, you can create numerous Web Clip widgets to monitor various websites.

1. To get started, you’ll have to open Safari and browse to the Web page that you want to monitor.

2. Go to the “File” menu and down to “Open in Dashboard.”

Go to File and then Open in Dashboard.

3. The page will darken and you’ll need to select the part of the Web page that you want to monitor, and then click on the “Add” button at the top of the page.

Select the part of the Web page that you want to monitor for changes.

4. Once clipped, you’ll be sent to the dashboard and your Web Clip will load.

View your new Web Clip on the dashboard.

5. If you click on the little information icon in the bottom right corner of the widget, you can change the theme of the widget; there are 5 others to choose from.

Change the theme of the Web Clip widget.

Now all you have to do is check the widget whenever you like to see if there have been any changes to your Web Clip. See, the dashboard isn’t so useless after all!

Charnita Fance
Charnita Fance

Charnita has been a Freelance Writer & Professional Blogger since 2008. As an early adopter she loves trying out new apps and services. As a Windows, Mac, Linux and iOS user, she has a great love for bleeding edge technology. You can connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn.

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