Enable Motion Blur in Mission Control for Mac OS X Lion

Oct 17, 2011 - 27 Comments

Motion Blur in Mission Control on Mac OS X Lion

Mission Control in Mac OS X Lion has a hidden motion blur effect that can be enabled quite easily:

  • Enter Mission Control
  • Press Command+M to enable motion blur

You can then see the blur effect by moving about with the standard Mission Control actions, from entering and exiting into Mission Control, clearing the desktop windows, switching between desktops, to selecting apps and windows.

It’s a nice effect, but the motion blur can get slightly choppy on older Macs or machines with less available RAM, which is probably why Apple didn’t ship the effect as enabled by default. You can always disable blur by pressing Command+M again.

Similarly, a blur effect can be enabled in Launchpad by using the same keyboard shortcut. Both of these bits of eye candy were seen in the original presentation for OS X Lion at the “Back to the Mac” event.

Enable Motion Blur in Mission Control (Mac OS X Lion)

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Customize, Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks

27 Comments

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  1. NeoTech says:

    Can still notice the slowness on my MBP even for a 8GB RAM running on 256GB SSD

  2. haymoose says:

    I’d love to see the motion blur when moving between spaces in normal view.

  3. haymoose says:

    I suddenly have motion blur while minimizing and maximizing on the desktop, cool!

  4. Flo says:

    Motion Blur in Mission Control is simply übercool. Cannot surrender enabling it, though I’m not convinced of the same effect in Launchpad (where it tooks way more resources – at least it feels like this).

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  6. Clovis says:

    It depends on the GPU.
    If your macbook pro have discreet graphics there is no slowdown.

    But the option disables automatically after the reboot, how can i enable it permanently?

  7. George says:

    Yes it looks cool but, firstly, you have to re-enable it after a logout/restart and secondly in Launchpad I get some graphical disturbances (some X shaped figures) between icon lines. I guess it’s not completely polished yet!

  8. [...] dopo giorno si scoprono piccole chicche nascoste in OS X Lion e quella portata alla luce ieri da OS X Daily è davvero divertente. In pratica è stato scoperto che attivando Mission Control e premendo cmd+m [...]

  9. gabe says:

    No sir, I don’t like it.

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  11. [...] dopo giorno si scoprono piccole chicche nascoste in OS X Lion e quella portata alla luce ieri da OS X Daily è davvero divertente. In pratica è stato scoperto che attivando Mission Control e premendo cmd+m [...]

  12. Ben says:

    Now, how do I get rid of the blur??

  13. Ben says:

    Nevermind, I got it.

  14. iMe says:

    It’s working flawlessly! The blurring makes switching look faster :)

    (iMac 27″ 2011 with 2gb vram)

  15. It makes my CPU usage go up like crazy.

  16. john says:

    Why? The Lion interface sucks enough without this.

  17. sachin says:

    not working…..

  18. yo says:

    10.7.3
    It doesn’t work!

  19. Justin Hansen says:

    Apple had this as default in the first beta of Lion and then took it out. Glad you of this down cause I thought no one cared about the motion blur.

  20. gowanus oyster says:

    Nice feature, if only it worked.

  21. Go says:

    Disappointingly, it doesn’t work in Mountain Lion.

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