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Modify the Finder's visual animation settings Desktop
The Finder uses animation, for example, to provide some visual feedback with the "expansion" effect between icon and window that is seen when opening files or folders, or strictly for eye candy, such as when certain "disclosure triangles" are opened or closed.

If you are willing to sacrifice the visual feedback, disabling animation can provide a snappier experience, which may be of benefit to slower systems. Opening a single folder seems faster, and opening a multiple selection of folders is measurably faster (depending on the system's speed and number of folders). To disable animation in the Finder, open the Terminal (in /Applications -> Utilities) and enter this command:
defaults write com.apple.finder DisableAllAnimations -bool true
To selectively switch off just the superfluous animation when clicking on disclosure trinagles in "Get Info" (or the preview pane for files in Column View), use this command instead:
defaults write com.apple.finder AnimateInfoPanes -bool false
Moving in the other direction, for something completely useless, Finder also offers a "slow motion" mode similar to what is available for the Dock when the Shift key is depressed while activating Exposé or minimizing windows. In this case, the command is:
defaults write com.apple.finder FXEnableSlowAnimation -bool true
To see the effect, hold down the Shift key while opening a file or folder on the Desktop, closing a Finder window, or clicking a disclosure triangle in Get Info or the preview panel of Column View. The changes above require the Finder to be restarted (or the user to log out and back in).

[robg adds: These all worked for me in 10.4. To restart the Finder, you can hold Option then click-and-hold on its dock icon and select Relaunch ... or use Activity Monitor ... or type killall Finder in the Terminal. You can reverse any of the above settings by repeating them, but change true to false. Remember to restart the Finder again...]
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Modify the Finder's visual animation settings
Authored by: unforeseen:X11 on Jul 14, '05 11:26:51AM

Just to mention, these settings are also available in the latest TinkerTool. Well, most of them - the slowAnimationThingie is missing (it`s useless anyway ;D ).



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Modify the Finder's visual animation settings
Authored by: pcurtner on Jul 14, '05 11:58:21AM

The excellent freeware utility TinkerTool supports disabling all of these Finder animation options, as well as adding an Eject button to the menu bar, disabling the 10.4 Finder's sound effects, and many other useful functions.

If you support older systems, and would like to maximize their performance, TinkerTool is a must-have.

http://www.bresink.de/osx/TinkerTool.html



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Modify the Finder's visual animation settings
Authored by: schneidr on Jul 14, '05 12:45:14PM

Speaking of adding an eject button to the menu bar, when I added a second DVR-109 (DVD Burner) and then rebooted an eject button was automatically added to my menu bar.



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Modify the Finder's visual animation settings
Authored by: doneitner on Jul 14, '05 09:32:42PM

I think that's probably how TinkerTool is able to add it -- the functionality already exists but it's usually disabled unless you have 2 optical drives (I'm guessing). TinkerTool is, after all, well known for enabling existing but hidden preferences, not for adding entirely new features. It does what it does very well and I'll be happy to try these new animation remover options to see how my system performs.



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Modify the Finder's visual animation settings
Authored by: qwerty denzel on Jul 15, '05 02:08:44AM
Tinkertool would probably use:
open /System/Library/CoreServices/Menu\ Extras/Eject.menu
(Using 10.3.9, I don't know if this has changed for Tiger).

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Modify the Finder's visual animation settings
Authored by: qwerty denzel on Jul 15, '05 02:12:11AM
Copy and paste into terminal, don't use above:
open /System/Library/CoreServices/Menu\ Extras/Eject.menu

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Modify the Finder's visual animation settings
Authored by: zane on Jul 17, '05 07:26:09PM
If you explore the parent directory (/System/Library/CoreServices/Menu Extras) you'll find a bunch of Menu Extras, some familiar some not so familiar, including the mysterious 'Home Sync' menu extra (Home on iPod, anyone? Although that's probably a discussion best left for Think Secret). Double-clicking [most of] these will add them to the Menu Bar. Command-drage of course removes them.

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Modify the Finder's visual animation settings
Authored by: rspress on Jul 15, '05 04:53:06PM

Besides my superdrive a pioneer 104, I have a pioneer 109, pioneer A09 and a pioneer 107D all on the firewire bus and the eject button never appeared in my menubar. I did know that it can be add by running the eject menu item but I never really needed it. I wrote applescripts calling shell scripts to do the same thing.



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Modify the Finder's visual animation settings
Authored by: Tom Robinson on Jul 14, '05 05:02:14PM

Remember force-quitting the Finder will lose any recent changes—opening/closing windows, Spotlight comments, etc.

I always quit using a simple AppleScript:

tell application "Finder" to quit

Then relaunch by clicking its icon in the Dock.



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Modify the Finder's visual animation settings
Authored by: magnamous on Aug 11, '05 02:24:16AM

Another alternative is to use TinkerTool to add a "Quit" item to the Finder's application menu.



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Modify the Finder's visual animation settings
Authored by: rspress on Jul 15, '05 04:56:21PM

What I would really like to see is a way to turn on the "water drop" effect in dashboard on computers that do not support it.

Like many of the coreimage effects, they do work on unsupported Macs just much slower......sometimes not all that slow at all depending on the effect.



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Modify the Finder's visual animation settings
Authored by: systimax on May 22, '07 08:42:42AM

Great for VNC users. Add Nocturne and your great



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Modify the Finder's visual animation settings
Authored by: systimax on May 22, '07 08:47:21AM

Now if we can script the rest of the eyecandy away vnc would be even more snappy



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