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, 2011 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, 2011 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. Nov 24, 2016 at 12:37

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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, 2014 at 6:57
  • @RNA Still available in Ubuntu 15.04, so I assume it's also in 14.04 May 22, 2015 at 17:17
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    Works as well in Ubuntu 16.04.1 with Unity 7.4.0. Sep 13, 2016 at 18:08
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    does not work with Ubuntu 18 Oct 14, 2018 at 16:13
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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, 2019 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



In case anyone comes across this for Ubuntu 22.04 jammy, you can turn it off in Settings under Accessibility -> Enable Animations:

Enable Animations Setting Under Accessibility Menu


If it is reasonable to turn off all Gnome animations, the following works on Ubuntu 21.10:

Install Gnome Tweaks: https://wiki.gnome.org/Apps/Tweaks (edit: search for and install "Tweaks" in the "Ubuntu Software" app, OR install the "gnome-tweaks" package using the APT command line.)

General > Animations > (turn off the switch)

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    In Ubuntu 18 it's a toggle under Appearance. Dec 16, 2021 at 13:58

Applications -> Appearance -> Behaviour -> Set Visual Effects to Low

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On a Side note: Eventually, I ended up reverting back to animations, because the sudden switch from my dark code screen to something to light backgrounds like browsers was too much for my eyes.

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