Is it possible to speed up the transition between spaces? I often open my applications in full screen mode but I would like the transition to be a bit faster, is there a way to speed this up (i.e. when I hit Ctr rightarrow it moves one space to the other quicker than the default setting).

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    A quick search found this. However, it uses SIMBL, so I have not tried it.
    – gentmatt
    Jun 25, 2012 at 18:20
  • I think I will hold off for a bit as SIMBL seems a bit obscure and I would prefer not to install it but exactly what I am looking for. Thanks for the suggestion!
    – rudolph9
    Jun 25, 2012 at 18:29
  • There's a duplicate at Super User, but it doesn't answer the question though.
    – Lri
    Jun 25, 2012 at 21:32
  • apple.stackexchange.com/questions/17929/… achieves the same thing and works in newer OS X versions Mar 26, 2020 at 4:00

2 Answers 2


What you are looking for is TotalSpaces.

The new version has the ability to remove the delay completely. Working great so far.

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    I appreciate the response, but I'm really looking for something I can execute on the command line rather than an app I would need to purchase, I'd like to be able to include it in my dotfiles
    – rudolph9
    Nov 19, 2012 at 1:50
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    I hear ya! Your need is very similar to mine, and that would be first prize. After looking for a while, I couldn't find a command line option. :( Unfortunately it doesn't look like there is a OS X Defaults setting for this, and TotalSpaces may use a hotpatching type of approach similar to SIMBL.
    – cavalcade
    Nov 20, 2012 at 3:02
  • TotalSpaces does infact remove the transition, but breaks CMD-Tab application switching.
    – Gav
    Feb 5, 2013 at 12:25
  • @Gav: I'm using 'TotalSpaces 2' 2.1.20, on Mavericks, and, maybe it's because I use a third-party Cmd+Tab replacement called '[manytricks.com/witch/](Witch)', but it works beautifully with Witch'd Cmd+Tab'ing. Lightning fast, no spaces switching animation, it's a dream!
    – user46942
    May 11, 2014 at 9:53

I'm not sure if this works, as I have not tested it out myself, but I found this terminal command here:

Disable the switching Spaces animation in the terminal by typing: defaults write com.apple.dock workspaces-swoosh-animation-off -bool YES && killall Dock

To enable again, type the following: defaults delete com.apple.dock workspaces-swoosh-animation-off && killall Dock

This completely disables the animation, and I'm not sure if that's what you want, but I imagine that if the animation is completely disabled, the switch between spaces would be instantaeneous.

Hope this helps!

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    That stopped working on 10.7.
    – Lri
    Jul 2, 2012 at 4:05

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