In Lion there is an animation when switching to and from full screen applications. Full screen apps are great, especially on a 11" screen, but this animation is getting very annoying. Is there a way to turn off these animations?

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    Can we reopen the question now that it's officially out?
    – daaku
    Jul 20, 2011 at 21:29
  • We are not re-opening Lion questions that were asked before the official release. Jul 20, 2011 at 22:40
  • Apparently there is re-post prevention logic and it's smart enough to not allow another question with only minor differences. Can you reopen this?
    – daaku
    Jul 22, 2011 at 0:16
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    Done. Good luck! Jul 22, 2011 at 0:53

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There is, at least, a way to speed them up with a SIMBL bundle: http://www.yllier.net/SUFSA.html


No..for now there is no way to turn it off. I also want to turn to the annoying animations when a new window appears.


You can disable the system-wide animation for opening new windows in Lion.


Turn off zooming windows

Open Terminal and type the following:

defaults write NSGlobalDomain NSAutomaticWindowAnimationsEnabled -bool NO


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    This doesn't impact the animations when an app is in full screen mode.
    – daaku
    Aug 14, 2011 at 5:01
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    This will not affect the animation the Dakku is asking about. It only disables a very subtle animation that occurs when a new window is opened. It also does not require a reboot to take effect. Simply run the command like this: defaults write NSGlobalDomain NSAutomaticWindowAnimationsEnabled -bool NO; killall Dock Sep 30, 2011 at 18:57

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