Creating Web Clips
One of the coolest widgets introduced in Mac OS X Leopard was the Web Clips widget, which kind of lets you create your own custom widget from any webpage. Here’s how it works: let’s say there’s a webpage that you like to get information from (let’s say it’s a bestseller list for your industry), you can bring up the Web Clips widget, capture just that part of the webpage as a Web clip, and that part of the page will now appear as a widget on your Dashboard. The cool thing is, as that part of the webpage gets updated each day, it automatically updates your Web clip widget, as well. That way, each day you’ll get that list, without having to go to that webpage. Here’s how to create your own Web Clip widget: Launch the Safari Web browser, then go to the webpage that has an area you want as a Web clip. Click the Web Clip button up in Safari’s toolbar (it’s the one with the scissors icon), then click-and-drag your cursor over the area on this webpage you want saved as a Web clip and press the Return key (which is the shortcut for the Add button). That’s it—you’ve created a Web clip that will update automatically anytime the content in that area you selected gets updated. Pretty slick—I know.