Working with multiple desktops and full-screen applications on a Mac, the Dashboard can be annoying. Gladly, there is a way to disable the Dashboard altogether.
Just open the Terminal and copy & paste the following command to change your Mac configuration to disable the Dashboard:
defaults write com.apple.dashboard mcx-disabled -boolean YES
Restart the Dock process (owning the Dashboard) by killing it with the
The Dashboard should now be disabled. When you swipe with three fingers to the right (or scroll left) there should be no more Dashboard. The Desktop should bounce back instead.
To re-enable the Dashboard just inverse the configuration command:
defaults write com.apple.dashboard mcx-disabled -boolean NO
Kill the Dock process with
killall again and the Dashboard is re-enabled.