By default, the transition from one virtual desktop to another one under GNOME2 in Ubuntu 11.04 is visualized with a sliding animation. How can I turn that animation off?

  • Haven't got a full answer; you need to install Compiz settings manager, the settings will be in the desktop category – danjjl Aug 25 '11 at 8:59
  • @danjjl Thanks - if you make that a real answer, I'll tick it off as correct. Please add that in CCSM, the setting is under Desktop/Desktop Wall/Viewport switching/Wall sliding duration. – Thomas Aug 25 '11 at 9:31
  • Just in case you are wondering: The package name is compizconfig-settings-manager and you can invoke it from your console by typing ccsm. – Markus Barthlen Nov 24 '16 at 12:37

To change the animation you will need CompizConfig settings manager

To install it:

apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager

or via Ubuntu Software Center.

Open CompizConfig settings manager.

Under DesktopDesktop WallViewport switching set Wall sliding duration to 0.

  • Can this be applied to Ubuntu 14.04? – RNA Nov 26 '14 at 6:57
  • @RNA Still available in Ubuntu 15.04, so I assume it's also in 14.04 – Stan Kurdziel May 22 '15 at 17:17
  • @RNA I have Ubuntu 14.04 and it applies. – becko Jun 3 '15 at 15:00
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    Works as well in Ubuntu 16.04.1 with Unity 7.4.0. – Dan Dascalescu Sep 13 '16 at 18:08
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    @FabrizioBertoglio Since Ubuntu 18.04, ubuntu switched from a compiz based window manager to mutter. This answer will only work with compiz as a window manager – danjjl Jul 2 '19 at 9:34

for Ubuntu 18.04 I use this, you just need to install the gnome-shell extension (for either chrome, firefox) and then



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