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Is there any way to speed up the animation when you switch from one space to another on Mac OS X?

I'd like to make the space-transition quicker, or even instantaneous.

Does anybody know of any way to do this, or any software to do so?

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+1 Good question (although I don't feel Spaces animation is too slow for me). My research so far indicates that there are no options to speed up/turning off Spaces animation. –  hanleyp Sep 6 '09 at 1:09

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  1. Open /Applications/Utilities/Terminal.app
  2. Copy and paste the following into the terminal window and then press enter:

    defaults write com.apple.dock workspaces-swoosh-animation-off -bool YES && killall Dock
    

from hyperspace blog

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There is a utility app you can installed called Hyperspaces that adds features to Spaces. 6 days ago, there was an preview build from the developer which added an option to turn off Core Animation.

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I installed the preview build and it doesn't appear to change the animation at all. –  hanleyp Sep 11 '09 at 4:05
    
Same here. The animation is annoying :) –  Martín Marconcini Nov 12 '09 at 0:55
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Comment by @Tony Arnold: Disabling Core Animation in Hyperspaces does so for the desktop only, not the spaces transition - sorry! I'll be allowing you to use the old Space transitions from Tiger (including no transition) in a future release of Hyperspaces. –  Ivo Flipse Jan 9 '11 at 14:34

I was not able to find any way to speed up the spaces animation, but I did find an article that explains how to lower the delay between dragging a window to another space and it actually moving to the other space. You can find the link below

http://kaspers.freeflux.net/blog/archive/2007/10/19/leopard-lower-the-space-drag-delay.html

Sorry I don't have an exact answer for you though!

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Go to System Preferences > Keyboard > Keyboard Shortcuts, then click "Mission Control" in the sidebar. Scroll to the bottom of the list, and expand that "Mission Control" section. Now enable the keyboard shortcuts for all the desktops.

You can now switch to space 1, by pressing ctrl-1, space 2 by pressing ctrl-2, etc. Not only does this enable you to get to a space instantly without navigating past all the other spaces, the animation for this switch is significantly faster than the default space switching animation.

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