Context: By default on macOS, you can press cmd + control + space to bring up the character keyboard (more commonly known as the emoji keyboard). Before the keyboard pops up, there is a short delay and a fade in animation. For documents where you enter such characters frequently, the delay is substantial and interferes with the flow of typing.

The Question: How can you speed up the time it takes to show the emoji keyboard? Is there a terminal command to disable the animation, or otherwise reduce the time it takes to ultimately enter the desired character?

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Found the answer -- though this will also affect other animations:

defaults write -g NSAutomaticWindowAnimationsEnabled -bool false
  • I was not able to read this default before setting it (macOS Monterey 12.4) but setting it seems to have helped. Not 100% sure though.
    – dimitarvp
    Jun 2, 2022 at 12:05
  • definitely helped, also removes the delay between picking and inserting an emoji Mar 15, 2023 at 18:50

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