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Time Machine Launcher widget is a simple widget that allows you to launch Time Machine directly from the comfort of your Dashboard. You'll not need to have the Time Machine icon in your dock anymore! Simply open the application or the folder you want to revert back in time, and click on the Time Machine icon in your Dashboard, it's as easy as that!


  • The easiest widget ever... Just click on the widget to launch Time Machine and there you are, ready to go back in time!
  • Force Time Machine to backupYou can force Time Machine to backup when you want, you don't need to wait for the backup each more...

What's New

Version 1.2:
  • You can now see the status of Time Machine (ON/OFF) simply by looking at the color of the widget:
    • Time Machine ON = Icon in color
    • Time Machine OFF = Icon in Black & White
  • You can also turn Time Machine ON and OFF by click on the cross at the bottom left of the widget.


Mac OS X 10.5 or later

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Carlos-Sz Member IconComment+34

I like the concept but it seems it is not working properly in SL. The widget does not chance its color and turning on/off does not change the Time Machine menu icon.

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Version 1.2
scrivens Member IconComment+55

Nifty; I don't want junk in the dock either and I do use the "Backup Now" option fairly often each day for backing up development directories. Dashboard is active in the LH screen corner, so zip-click from anywhere and that's done. My *nix days go back to PARC and this is just the sort of widget that GUIs are good for.

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Version 1.2
seanbperiod Member IconComment+57

pretty pointless..

though, it makes me want to make a widget that will load the finder window. or i could make one that loads safari.

maybe one that shuts down the computer?

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Version 1.2
mac adam Member IconComment+154
mac adam

from 10.5.2 the icon bar do same thing ?

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Version 1.2
francola Member IconComment+35

Thank you very much! For me, another click is just fine to not have something in my dock that I rarely use.

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Version 1.1
kraized Member IconComment+11

So instead of invoking Time Machine with the Dock icon - 1 click. Good Times. :)

I have to invoke Dashboard first then the Time Machine widget - 2 clicks. Bad Times. :(

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Version 1.0

Same reaction here. :)

Unless I'm missing something this widget gets my vote as one of the most useless ones I've seen yet. Maybe some people are actually using OS X primarily from Dashboard instead of the traditional Desktop environment?

Mathieu Thouvenin (Developer)

I'm not using Time Machine every day (I hope it's the same thing for you) so, I don't like to have icons that I don't use a lot in my dock. That's why I did this widget, to launch Time Machine from my Dashboard instead to go in my Application Folder.


why bother with Dashboard??? why won't you place Time Machine alias in dock folder of your choice?


Or you can activate Spotlight, and type "tim" + enter. This is usually enough to launch Time Machine ;-)


You guys should quit criticizing this developer, he made something that that is useful for him, and he thought he would share it with the world. If you don't like it, don't use it. Just don't criticize it. Everybody uses the computer differently.

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Downloads 4,208
Version Downloads 2,977
License Free
Date 16 Feb 2008
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
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