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With Dashboard KickStart (formerly Dashboard Start), you'll always have the Dashboard ready to use the first time you want. Without it you'll have to wait for a complete Dashboard start-up sequence as soon as you are ready use it for a first time, making its quick accessibility rather useless.

This application runs in the background and reacts to the starting or re-starting of the Dock and to waking up from sleep mode. When that happens it initiates the starting of the Dashboard.

What's New

Version 3.3:
  • Added support for OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion and OS X 10.9 Mavericks
  • Fixed setting login item, auto start at start up
  • Fixed persistence of 'Activate after sleep' setting
  • Fixed activation when not using the Dashboard as a space
Note: Version 3.3 of Dashboard KickStart now requires a Mac with a 64-bit Intel processor, running OS X 10.8 or higher.


  • OS X 10.8 or later

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Sonnendeck Member IconComment+36

Welcome back!

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Version 3.3
hubby Member IconReview+4

The dashboard remains open after a kickstart - I thought it was supposed to open and then close the dashboard. And the option to activate after sleep is not stable.
Also - the developer is not responsive!

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Version 3.2.1
Vitaly Member IconComment+55

in system prefs the option activate after sleep does not stay unchecked

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Version 3.2.1

On my it does not get along well with Mission Control either. When using hot corners or hovering over the dock it will suddenly and randomly do its thing. It was so annoying I finally removed it.


Yes, I have the same problem!

Macboy85 Member IconReview+0

not bad.cool stuff

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Version 3.2
Winco Member IconReview+87

Great solution. I don't have an issue being a System Pref either. It's free. Stop complaining.

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Version 3.2
Fking Member IconReview+32

simple, useful app. don't mind it as a system pref (i RARELY visit sys prefs anyway!)

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Version 3.2
strider72 Member IconComment+72

A shame the author chose to make this a Preference Pane in version 3-- it adds clutter to an already crowded screen, rather than just giving me a simple app that I can have run on login. I'll stick to v2 for now, thanks....

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Version 3.0
 asmeurer Member IconComment+25

Copy this into Script Editor and save as an Application:

do shell script "open /Applications/Dashboard.app/;open /Applications/Expose.app/;open /Applications/Expose.app/"

Then set it to open at login.

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Version 2.4
rezzoCL Member IconComment+14

Awesome useful utility. A+

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Version 2.4
francola Member IconComment+35

Locks up spaces for me :(

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Version 2.3
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Version 3.2.1
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Downloads 29,311
Version Downloads 499
License Free
Date 04 Jan 2014
Platform Intel 64 / OS X
Price Free
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