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Q: Is there a Chat Slang Dashboard Widget available for Mac?

A: Yes, ChatSlang.com has developed a Mac OS X dashboard widget that allows you to look up chat acronyms, abbreviations, and emoticons directly from the Mac OS X Dashboard.

ChatSlang.com Dashboard Widget

Downloading the Widget

To download the ChatSlang.com widget, click the download link below.

Download Download the Chat Slang Widget

Version 1.3 (85KB) — Released February 3, 2012

Installing the Widget

If you are using the Safari, when you download the widget, you may see an alert that says "Chat Reference.wdgt is an application." Click Download to confirm the download process. The Chat Reference Widget is compressed using PC ZIP compression. If you download the widget using Safari, the ZIP file should decompress itself automatically. Click Install when you are asked to install it and click Keep once the widget shows up in the Mac OS X Dashboard.

If you are using Firefox or another web browser, you may need to decompress the ZIP file using a program like Stuffit Expander. Once the file has been decompressed, double click the "Chat Reference.wdgt" file to add it to the Dashboard. Click Keep when the widget shows up in the Dashboard to activate the widget.

Using the Widget

Once the Chat Reference Widget has been installed, you can access the Mac OS X Dashboard by pressing the F12 key (or the Dashboard key on new Apple keyboards), or by clicking the Dashboard icon in the Dock.

If the Chat Reference Widget does not appear, click the + icon in the bottom left corner of the screen. This will bring up a list of widgets installed on your machine. Browse the list of widgets until you see a dark blue icon with a chat bubble and the text "Chat Reference." Click the icon to activate the widget. Once the Chat Reference Widget is active, you can hide the list of widgets by clicking the x in the bottom left corner of the screen.

To perform a search using the Chat Reference Widget, first click inside the search field of the widget. Then type a chat slang term or emoticon and press Return. The appropriate ChatSlang.com page will load in your default web browser.

System Requirements

This widget requires Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger or later.


If you have any questions regarding the installation or usage of the Chat Slang Dashboard Widget, please contact ChatSlang.com.

Updated: February 3, 2012