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Mac Kung Fu, 2nd Edition by Keir Thomas

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Tip 97Turn Off Annoying Special Effects

Call me a cynic, but it feels like OS X is a little showy with its visual effects. Dialog boxes and some program windows pop onto the screen from nowhere. This design mirrors the iPod and iPad user experience. On a larger screen, however, the effect can be unsettling.

Wouldn’t it be nice if they just appeared on-screen with no fuss, like they did in the good old days?

Here’s how you can turn off the majority of OS X’s visual effects.

Pop-Up Windows and Dialogs

To turn off dialog boxes and windows that spring out from the middle of the screen, open a Terminal window (open Finder, select the Applications list, and then in the list of applications double-click Terminal within the Utilities folder), and type ...

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