How to Enable or Disable Animations in Ubuntu Linux

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The article guides readers on how to enable or disable desktop animations on Ubuntu Linux, depending on their system’s performance. Faster computers can use these features to enhance their experience, while slower systems may see improved performance by disabling these effects. Instructions are provided to navigate Ubuntu’s System Settings and adjust the animations easily.

This article explains enabling or disabling Animations using a Ubuntu Linux desktop.

Ubuntu has many features and visual effects, including animation and fading effects, that enhance your experience with the desktop. These cool features you may want to enable and use on faster computers.

Howerver, on slower computers, these visual effects and animation features can hurt system performance and may add a slight delay to some activities and actions.

If you begin experiencing slowness when using your desktop or have an older computer, disabling animations may help improve performance.

Below is how to turn on or off animations in Ubuntu Linux.

Turn on or off desktop animations on Ubuntu Linux

As described above, animations in Ubuntu Linux may enhance your experience with the desktop on faster computers. However, this may hurt performance and slow down your computer on slower computers.

Here’s how to enable or disable it.

Ubuntu Linux has a centralized location for the majority of its settings. From system configurations to creating new users and updating, all can be done from the System Settings panel.

To get to System Settings, open the Activities overview and start typing Settings.

ubuntu linux activities overview search box
ubuntu Linux activities overview search box

Alternatively, click on the System menu at the top-right corner of the top bar on your desktop.

On the System menu, select Settings, as highlighted below.

ubuntu linux system menu settings button
Ubuntu Linux system menu settings button

In the Settings app, select Accessibility on the left menu.

Ubuntu Linux System Settings Accessibility
Ubuntu Linux System Settings Accessibility

On the System Settings -> Accessibility settings panel, under the Seeing section, toggle the button for the “Enable Animations” tile to the On position to enable.

To disable it, toggle the button back to the Off position.

Ubuntu Linux enable or disable animations button
Ubuntu Linux enables or disables the animation button

The option you choose will automatically apply to your desktop.

That should do it!


This post showed you how to enable or disable desktop animations on Ubuntu Linux desktops. Please use the comment form below if you find any errors above or have something to add.

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