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I'd like to turn off the animation (windows zoom back) effect when the activities overview is activated because it really gets slow and laggy with a lot of open windows.

Is there ANY way to do this, as internet search only lead me to the "Disable Window Animations Extension" which obviously only affects window animations but not the animation of the overview.

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Check out System -> Preferences -> Appearance Then choose the Visual Effects tab. Change the radio button to None and close.

Hope this helps.

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This is interesting. I am using Gnome 3.3 Shell. In my Appearance settings, there is no Visual Effects tab. Only Backgrounds tab is available there! Is something missing?? –  deshmukh Mar 22 '12 at 4:09

Edit the following file using root access rights:

sudo gedit /usr/share/gnome-shell/js/ui/overview.js

Change the animation_time to 0.001, around line 30

const ANIMATION_TIME = 0.001;

This should do what you asked for. Besides, there are many other parameters that you could change to speed up Gnome Shell in the other files of the ui directory.

Press Alt+F2 and type "r" or "restart" for the changes to take effect.

Note, future updates to Gnome may overwrite your changes.

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In Gnome 3.8, just do this command to disable all animations:

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface enable-animations false

To rollback:

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface enable-animations true
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The accepted answer does not disable animations, but only reduces the animation time to almost zero. This means the animation will still be rendered - you're just not able to recognize them.

Maxwell's answer really disables animations, but on my system (Ubuntu 14.04) the animations are enabled again after a reboot. However, there is a workaround for this problem.

Long story short, you can disable animations with these two commands:

gsettings set org.gnome.settings-daemon.plugins.remote-display active false
gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface enable-animations false
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