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10.6: Disable Spaces workspace change animation Desktop
Snow Leopard only hintI ran across this tidbit in the HyperSpaces FAQ and I know I haven't seen it here before (and I'm quite the avid OSX Hints follower).

It has really sped up changing between Spaces workspaces for me (which I do probably over 100 times/day). Once you've seen the 'swoosh' animation a few hundred times, you don't really need to see it again. Please note the requirement of running 10.6.4 or later.

Here's how to disable the animation that occurs when switching between Spaces:
  • Open /Applications/Utilities/Terminal.app.
  • Copy and paste the following into the terminal window and then press enter:
      defaults write com.apple.dock workspaces-swoosh-animation-off -bool YES && killall Dock
If you'd like to re-enable the animation, just do the following:
  • Open Terminal.
  • Copy and paste the following into the terminal window and then press enter:
    defaults delete com.apple.dock workspaces-swoosh-animation-off && killall Dock
The original reference is here.

[crarko adds: I tested this, and it works as described. I can see how the animation would become aggravating with much use of Spaces.]
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10.6: Disable Spaces workspace change animation
Authored by: xSmurf on Feb 15, '11 08:02:24AM

Fantastic! Now I really have a reason to update to 10.6.4... darn I wished this worked on 10.6.x :/ Still most awesome, thanks

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10.6: Disable Spaces workspace change animation
Authored by: arcticmac on Feb 15, '11 08:06:59AM

So, my memory is that this has worked for ages. Unfortunately, my last computer that hasn't been fully upgraded is sitting at 10.6.3, so I can't say from earlier than that, but it certainly works on that one, and I could swear that it's worked from long before that - I think at least 10.6.1 or 10.6.2. Can someone who actually has an earlier version installed give it a shot?



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10.6: Disable Spaces workspace change animation
Authored by: russkey on Feb 15, '11 08:07:45AM

Unfortunately, this only disables the "move directly to a space" animation that that is triggered by jumping to a space with a modifier-arrow key or modifier-number key or switching to a program in a different space. It does not disable the zoom-out/zoom-in animation for moving from spaces overview to a specific space. I use that method of transition fairly often, so it would be very nice if there was a switch for that one as well (or at least a way to speed up the animation).



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10.6: Disable Spaces workspace change animation
Authored by: schutt on Feb 15, '11 11:00:45AM

Nice. Not seeing the animation after using spaces since a week after it's introduction is a little disorienting, but I'm sure I'll prefer using this hint in a couple days. It's worth noting that the little gray box with white highlight representing the spaces still shows up, so it is still clear what is happening.



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10.6: Disable Spaces workspace change animation
Authored by: eaganj on Feb 16, '11 01:19:12AM

Personally, I'd rather keep the Spaces animation. I transition between 4 spaces (in a 2x2 arrangement) frequently throughout the day, and the transition animation is a great, minimally-obtrusive way of helping me keep my bearings. If I accidentally switch to the wrong space, I can usually tell before my eyes have a chance to recognize the contents of the windows, just by seeing what direction all the windows are moving in. That kind of perceptual awareness isn't merely eye-candy; it's actually useful!



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10.6: Disable Spaces workspace change animation
Authored by: asmeurer on Mar 14, '11 12:38:10AM

Well, this doesn't disable the little spaces thing that pops up in front of the screen when you switch spaces. That still gives you a visual guide as to what space you are switching to.



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10.6: Disable Spaces workspace change animation
Authored by: motees on Feb 17, '11 10:55:58AM

Very nice hint.

And speaking of Hyperspaces, which I use and like a lot,
be sure to adjust the "Animation speed" in the Preferences: General.
I use 0.05 seconds now, and switching spaces is even faster now.
Nice!



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