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I click the green circle at the top left of my screen so my window can go into full-screen mode.

Then I have to wait while my Mac performs some unnecessary animation to show me that I'm going into full-screen mode.

Can I eliminate that animation and go into full-screen instantly?

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Take a sip of your tea - it's finished ;)

afaik, you can't bypass it.

My guess is it's to mask the amount of 'effort' it takes to do the transition, smooth zoom rather than lumpy pseudo-instant transition with bits of broken screen til it's finished.

  • The slowness is such a momentum killer, but I think you're right. There's no way to bypass it. Thanks for explaining why. – Andrew Warner Mar 16 '15 at 19:25
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You can try this, System Preferences > Accessibility > Display And turn on "Reduce motion".

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    Though this does change the animation, I don't think it actually reduces the animation time when resizing windows to fullscreen. – Jake3231 Jan 5 '18 at 14:15

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