Slow Aqua Animations Permanently

May 22, 2007 - 2 Comments

The Mac OS GUI and all it’s eye candy is a pleasure to use and look at. Perhaps you’ll remember a while back from our Fun Eye Candy Effects article that by holding down the Shift key, you can slow down virtually any Aqua effect in Mac OS X, from minimizations to Expose. If you want something truly useless but kind of fun, you can make the slow effect permanent by typing the following command in the Terminal:

Enable Slow Animations:
defaults write FXEnableSlowAnimation -bool true
Disable Slow Animations (default):
defaults write FXEnableSlowAnimation -bool false
For changes to take effect, you’ll need to reload the Finder either by logging in and out, or by killing the Finder. You can kill the Finder via the command line by typing:
killall Finder
The slow Aqua animations serve no real purpose, just pure eye candy. Enjoy!

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Posted by: Bill Ellis in Customize, Fun, Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks


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  1. ZINger says:

    That is so useless, I’ll just hold down the Shift key

    why would you want everything slow? Some Mac users just want bragging rights

  2. Caesar Chavez says:

    Not only is this useless, but it’s annoying! I guess it is nice to be able to do such a thing and it shows the user power in OSX but there’s no way this is usable. THanks but no thanks!

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