How to disable Unity animations in Ubuntu 14.04?

If you are running Ubuntu in VirtualBox or other virtualization platform, disabling all the animations improves the response of the OS to certain extent.

Starting with Ubuntu 12.10, MyUnity integration with the System Settings (as was the case in 12.04) has been removed. In 12.10 and above, which includes 13.04, 13.10 and 14.04, Compiz settings manager can be used to disable the required animations.

  • Step 1: Install Compiz Settings Manager12.
    sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager
  • Step 2: Disable Animations345
    • Start the application (from the Unity Dash)
    • Traverse to Unity plugin -> Experimental (tab)
    • Disable the animations as required.

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4 thoughts on “How to disable Unity animations in Ubuntu 14.04?

  1. Thanks for the article on Compiz Settings Manager. It needs to be updated though, there is no experimental tab in the latest version. Actuallly, you can just scroll down and there is a check box to enable animations and I just unchecked it and that took care of it!

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