Change the minimize effect in Mac OS X

Apr 12, 2007 - 26 Comments

When you click the yellow minimize button in Mac OS X, the snazzy Genie effect pulls the window into the Dock. Although you can change between the Genie and Scale effect from within the Dock preference pane, there is a third hidden effect that Apple has chosen to keep out of the preference pane. The hidden effect is named ‘Suck’, it’s more attractive than the Scale effect, and speedier than the Genie effect, here’s how to activate it:

To change the minimize effect to any of the three options, type or paste one of the following commands into the Terminal:

Suck effect (hidden from users)
defaults write mineffect -string suck

Scale effect
defaults write mineffect -string scale

Genie effect (Mac OS X Default)
defaults write mineffect -string genie

Finally, to activate any of the above settings, you’ll need to reload the Dock by killing it:
killall Dock

Your Dock will momentarily disappear and reappear, with the new minimize effect activated.

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  1. anon says:

    I’ve been using SUck for a long time pretty much for the exact reasons you stated. Personally though I think it’s better looking than Genie, plus the performance increase makes it well worth using.

    I think the only reason Apple didn’t include it in the options is because the name is SUCK


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  6. Marc says:

    And if you get bored, hold the shift-key when you minimize to watch it in slow motion.

    I get bored easily. :)

  7. Ishaan says:

    … and if you get bored of that, hold down SHIFT and CTRL(control) to make it go even slower (it only works for minimizing, not restoring)

  8. Adolfo says:

    how do i even egt to the terminal wat is it?

  9. NEO says:

    Terminal is under utilities in your app folder, when i launch terminal and put in the script for the suck effect it does absolutely nothing different, this is what i do i type it this in defaults write mineffect -string suck then i hit enter then i type in killall dock and nothing happens what am i doing wrong can someone help

    • me says:

      You need to hit enter after each script is typed; this executes the script killall Dock, which quits the process It restarts automatically, and then you should be able to see the Suck effect. What version of OS X are you running?

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  11. Danrel says:

    NEO, did youi capitalize ‘Dock’ in the line ‘killall Dock’? If not, try it, that should work.

  12. erboristeria says:

    For mac impossibile is nothing :)

  13. doug says:

    people for whom the ‘killall dock’ command does not work, simply go into activity minitor, select Dock and click ‘Force Quit’ and it will restart.

  14. Zaf says:

    U LOT ARE ABSOLUTE LEGENDDDS!!! i’ve had my mac just under a month…it just gets better and better!

    Thanks ALOT!!!


  15. phelps says:

    Is there any command than can disable the minimize animation all together? Sometimes if I’m using too many resources the animation just doesn’t run smoothly which is worse than no animation at all. Id love for the window to just disapear from the desktop and pop up in my dock. Any ideas?

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  17. Pierre says:

    it’s not “killall dock” capitalization applies, the process is “Dock” so it is “killall Dock”

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  19. Chris Woodman says:

    Has anyone ever found a way to turn off these very annoying animations completely? The scale effect is the quickest, but why can’t I just turn this rubbish, irritating feature off entirely? The ‘amusing’ see it slowly option is there, where’s the ‘not see it at all’. Sorry to be grumpy.

  20. Ozz Nixon says:

    Thanks for the share. Does anyone know where to a find a list of all the plist settings? If you ever “Remote Desktop” you Mac from remote – there are too many effects for a slow Hotel connection. I want to bang out a simple “Tweak-UI” for my Mac when I am out.


  21. AWE says:

    Thanks for the tip on this – I really like suck and the holding down shift command is ledge!

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