Tagged: Mission Control

Remove Lion’s Mission Control animation

OS X LionFor users with the latest & greatest Macs, the animations Lion added are probably barely noticeable. But for those of us running it on older Macs, it’s painfully slow and quite annoying. Thankfully, much like removing the new Mail animation I wrote about last week, you can remove the animation completely.

Launch the Terminal app and type the following and hit Return after:
defaults write com.apple.dock expose-animation-duration -float 0

Before the change takes affect, you need to restart OS X’s Dock, which you do by typing the following in the Terminal and hitting Return:
killall Dock

Thanks to OSXDaily for the tip, and a few more adjustments you can make to Mission Control’s animation, including restoring it to its original state.

Lion’s Mission Control keyboard shortcuts

Mission ControlMac OS X Lion brought us Mission Control, which brings together Exposé, Dashboard, Spaces, and full-screen apps to give you one place to see and navigate everything running on your Mac.

I was never a fan of Exposé, Dashboard or Space in previous OS X releases, but when full-screen apps came to Lion, I found it to be a dramatically different experience. If you haven’t tried it, I highly recommend you give it a chance. To make working with Mission Control easier, Apple have included a few keyboard shortcuts.

Invoke Mission Control

Control + Up Arrow or F3

Return to Desktop from within Mission Control

Control + Down Arrow or F3

Switch between Spaces

Control + Right or Left Arrow

Changing OS X Lion’s Mission Control and Dashboard image backgrounds

Mission Control image background

Swapping your Mission Control background image is actually quite simple

As soon as I installed Mac OS X Lion I began playing around with all the new features. Naturally, Mission Control and Dashboard were two of the first things I tried. I immediately hated the image backgrounds Apple chose to use and began searching for a way to alter them. It didn’t take long, and it’s quite simple to do. Here are are the instructions. (more…)