Enable Motion Blur Effect for Launchpad Movements in Mac OS X Lion

Oct 10, 2011 - 15 Comments

Blur Launchpad Movements in Mac OS X Lion

Want to add some additional eyecandy to Mac OS X Lion‘s Launchpad feature? Open Launchpad and hit Command+M to enable a motion blur that is seen at various Launchpad events.

You can immediately see the effect by swiping between Launchpad screens or by using the Command+Arrow keys to navigate around. The motion blur also effects opening folders in Launchpad, as the folders spring open the icons will blur as they zoom down:

Motion blur in Launchpad folders

(Yes that is a custom Launchpad folder background)

Screenshots only do the motion blur effect so much justice and it’s best experienced directly. If you want to disable the blur, just hit Command+M again and you’ll be back to the default setting.

The blur effect was seen in the very first introduction to Mac OS X Lion last year at the “Back to the Mac” event, but for whatever reason Apple decided against enabling it by default in the shipping version of OS X 10.7. I have noticed that if OS X is running low on memory or if CPU use is heavy, the blur can be somewhat choppy, which may go to explain why it’s not a default setting.

Enjoy this? Check out some more Launchpad tricks while you’re at it.

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Posted by: William Pearson in Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks

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  1. Talha Basit says:

    I just tried this on my 2011 MacBook Air with an i7 and it didn’t work. Does it require discrete graphics?

  2. Paul says:

    Did not work for me either… Using mid 2010 13″ MBP…

  3. moncler daunenjacke says:

    Did not work for me either… Using mid 2010 13″ MBP…

  4. Alex says:

    it worked for me..but its disables itself in about 5-10 minutes..and its kinda annoying having to keep putting ctrl+m all the time

  5. 4ndr3z says:

    Works perfectly on mid 2009 MacBook Pro 13″.
    Another Launchpad trick, hitting Cmd+B will change background blur and its colour to grayscale. Have fun ;)

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