Most applications have a hotkey for entering full-screen in OS X with CmdCtrlF, for others I created a keyboard shortcut for Enter Full Screen and Exit Full Screen in system preferences.

But the 3.0 seconds animation is extremely annoying!

How can I disable the OS X animation of windows going into full screen mode?


Navigate to:


Scroll down to find the one called "Enable simplified full screen" and disable it. Re-launch Chrome and you are finished.



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    It disappeared :(
    – Karoh
    Nov 25 '14 at 13:54
  • It is listed as "unavailable" on macOS High Sierra. It also doesn't answer the question, since the question was about general full-screen for applications and not specific to Google Chrome.
    – Evgeny
    Jan 15 '18 at 10:13

I don't think it's possible, but i would reccomend using TotalSpaces as a replacement of Apple's bad implementation. http://totalspaces.binaryage.com

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    Excellent! Solves the problem of switching to other spaces perfectly. But the mission control and full-screen enter are still slow as hell.
    – Evgeny
    Jul 24 '13 at 6:39
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    @Evgeny The Mission Control animations can be disabled with defaults write com.apple.dock expose-animation-duration -float 0; killall Dock.
    – Lri
    Jul 24 '13 at 7:02
  • @LauriRanta it doesn't help with moving to other spaces. Only for moving in and out of mission control.
    – Evgeny
    Dec 16 '13 at 20:41

If you're using OS X Lion try this:

To disable automatic window animations, open Terminal and type the command:

defaults write NSGlobalDomain NSAutomaticWindowAnimationsEnabled -bool NO

Found on this site: http://www.chriswrites.com/2012/01/turn-off-animations-eye-candy-effects-in-mac-os-x-lion/

Which has instructions for turning off other animations as well, and a link to 'power toys' like the ones Lorenzo posted in his answer.

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    It doesn't affect the animations for entering and exiting full screen though.
    – Lri
    Jan 18 '13 at 11:04
  • odd... it seems that it should... not even after a reboot? Dang, I wish my mac wasn't too old for os x... back to google Jan 18 '13 at 21:01

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