Can the fullscreen animation be disabled or speed up?

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by Dolorian, Aug 4, 2012.

  1. macrumors 65816


    Apr 25, 2007
    Whenever I switch to and from fullscreen mode, OS X Lion and Mountain Lion does a slow, flashy and totally pointless (imo) animation that delays the whole process. This happens also when using QuickTime and changing the view of the movie you are watching to fullscreen. The OS slides the desktop out and slowly scales the window to the size of the screen.

    If you are doing some quick edits to several photos in Pixelmator, for example, and you like switching to fullscreen mode for easier editing and to gain screen realstate, the constant animation transition of going to and from fullscreen becomes tedious and timeconsuming, slowing down your workflow.

    I use the Pixelmator case as an example, but it is the same thing with very much any other program.

    Is there a way to disable this or at least speed it up considerably?

  2. macrumors newbie

    Aug 4, 2012
  3. macrumors G3


    Aug 24, 2009
  4. macrumors member


    Jul 13, 2012
    It doesn't work for fullscreen animation.;):p
  5. Guest

    Apr 17, 2005
    Currently in Switzerland
    You may try this in terminal:

    defaults write DisableAllAnimations -bool true
  6. macrumors newbie

    Aug 4, 2012
    still animating when putting apps to fullscreen
  7. thread starter macrumors 65816


    Apr 25, 2007
    Thanks but even after this it still animates :(

    I also installed Lion Tweaks (I think it is called) and it has this same command but it still animates when going into fullscreen.
  8. macrumors regular

    Jan 17, 2012

    That used to work for 10.7 but doesn't in 10.7.3 or 10.8 :(
  9. macrumors 65816


    Oct 3, 2010
    North of England
    This really annoys me too... I'm all for nice animations, but making them so slow that they slow down your workflow? No thanks!
  10. macrumors member

    May 21, 2009

    I'll pay someone $50 to figure out a way to get this close to instant. How can Apple get some things so right and some things so embarrassingly wrong?

    Make it happen.
  11. thread starter macrumors 65816


    Apr 25, 2007
    Yes, the whole slow and pointless animation is one of the reasons why I don't bother much with the full screen function. It is incredible that Apple has made it this way.
  12. macrumors regular

    Jan 17, 2012
    So true.
  13. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 16, 2011
    It's the reason I don't use Safari full screen. I love having Safari as a desktop in full screen, and being able to swipe to it - but that animation.. :mad:
  14. thread starter macrumors 65816


    Apr 25, 2007
    Yes the fullscreen animation is very annoying and time consuming. I am willing to bet that very much everyone who uses Lion/Mountain Lion would want this thing to be sped up considerably or made instantaneous, no fullscreen animation.
  15. macrumors 6502

    Jun 18, 2011
    Doubt apple will fix this. I don't think enough people are annoyed by it
  16. macrumors 68040


    Dec 5, 2009
    I feel like some ML updates did speed up the desktop switching left and right. I remember it being much slower unless that was a bug on my system. It used to be annoyingly slow now its okay.

    I never bother with full screen as I use two displays and I don't like blanking out one of them. The single app mode is a ridiculously stupid implementation on so many levels. The same as Mission Control on multiple screens.

    Some people really like fancy slow animations but I really don't see why they cannot just add a slider or a one or two speed settings here or there.
    Make it like Microsoft they allow simply shutting that stuff down.
  17. thread starter macrumors 65816


    Apr 25, 2007
    Yes it did and it also doesn't fades in/out the icons when you switch like it did before in Lion. That was quite annoying.

    Couldn't agree more. I use my MacBook Pro screen along with an external monitor at home and at work and I don't use fullscreen mode for the same reason. It makes the secondary screen useless. It is quite baffling that Apple has implemented it like this.

    They should give an option to disable the full screen animation.
  18. macrumors regular

    Jan 17, 2012
    It seems we are in the tiny minority unfortunately, so until some dedicated hacker(hero) comes along with another SIMBL injection or whatever, we have to suffer.

    Slowing down the workflow because of a forced corporate policy, boils my blood. It issues like this that make me seriously consider moving to Linux, but then I think about a whole set of different issues that brings, and just get depressed.

    What also grinds me is how unsympathetic the masses are, it's like a blinking light in the background while you're trying to watch TV, just erodes your mood until you get pissed off, that you need to vent to strangers on the internet.
  19. macrumors member

    Jan 22, 2014
    Yup, it's pretty offensive how other members just tell you to shut up and use something else. A simple animations on/off option in system preferences would alleviate this annoyance.

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