The title says everything, how can I disable the visual bell animation in Lion?

It is annoying and useless, visual bell should be fast, not fancy!

I don't want to disable the visual bell, just the fadin/fadeout animation.

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    What visual bell animation? All I see is a sudden change in the brightness of the window, followed by a fade back to normal. The fade takes less than a second, and is not at all annoying to me. What do you see? Dancing bunnies? Feb 24, 2012 at 14:39
  • That fade back is the annoying thing, which is not necessary at all. And it is slow on a big display. Feb 24, 2012 at 15:19
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    Terminal's visual bell is modeled on the system-wide visual bell available via System Preferences > Universal Access > Hearing > Flash the screen when an alert sound occurs. How do they compare to you? Terminal's should not take longer than that. If you're having a performance issue, it's worth investigating. How big is your terminal display usually? What sort of Mac hardware are you using? Is your terminal window translucent or opaque? Is the animation noticeably slow when the terminal window is very small?
    – Chris Page
    Feb 26, 2012 at 12:27
  • If the performance of the visual bell is an issue, or if you would like a preference for a different visualization (e.g., prior to Lion, it merely inverted the screen colors 100% and then back, but many people disliked it because it was so harsh), please let Apple know using the feedback website apple.com/feedback/macosx.html or by filing a bug report (requires a free developer account) developer.apple.com/bugreporter
    – Chris Page
    Feb 26, 2012 at 12:32
  • I would like to change the behavior of the Terminal, not the whole system. Changing the Universal Access would do a different thing. Feb 26, 2012 at 19:48

1 Answer 1

  1. Go to the "Terminal" menu
  2. Select "Preferences"
  3. Select "Settings" at the top
  4. Select "Advanced" at the right
  5. Uncheck "Visual Bell"

Terminal preferences - Settings - Advanced

  • No, I don't want to disable it. I want to disable the animation Feb 24, 2012 at 15:18
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    Guys, seriously? Upvoting an answer which is not solving the question? Feb 24, 2012 at 21:51

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