Is there any way to place a desktop Widget in macOS Sonoma in an arbitrary location, or are you limited to the suggested locations (the rectangles that appear when you’re dragging a Widget)?
Apple’s designers have come up with a clever tiling system to avoid your widgets becoming a jumbled, disorganized mess. When you drag a widget to the desktop near another widget, an outline appears, showing where it can be placed in relation to your other widgets. However, if you drag a widget to a spot far away enough from other widgets, you can drop it anywhere you want.
Thanks. Good article, and I learned something. But it’s apparently not the whole story, at least in my case. On my screens (side-by-side 27" monitors), I can indeed place a single widget anywhere I want unless I want to place it in the lower-left area of the left-hand monitor, or in the upper-right area of the right-hand monitor. These areas are about six inches in height, and 4 inches in width. In those areas, the dreaded rectangles appear, and I’m constrained to place the widget within one of them, even if it is the only widget on both desktops.
Well, what do you know? Apparently this was fixed in 14.1. I can now place my Widgets in any free area on the desktop.
Well, what Apple giveth…
After the 14.1.2 update, my Widgets all disappeared. I’ve restored them, but the old “only in the rectangle” problem is back for the lower-left corner of the left-hand monitor, and the upper-right corner of the right-hand monitor.