How to Disable Window Effects in Ubuntu 13.04

If you have checked out our review of Ubuntu 13.04, you will know that it is a much improved version than 12.10 and we only have praises for it. Ubuntu 13.04 also comes with a few window effects and animations that are pleasing to the eye and less demanding on the hardware. However, if you are still using an old laptop, you might be better off disabling all the windows effects and animations so as to improve the performance of the system.

Turning off the various Window Effects in Ubuntu 13.04

Ubuntu 13.04 comes with a few Windows Effects like window maximizing when you pull it to the screen corners, window spread (to get an overview of all open windows) and HotCorners. One good way to disable them is using the Unity Tweak Tool.

1. Install Unity Tweak Tool with the command:

sudo apt-get install unity-tweak-tool

2. Once installed, open the Unity Tweak Tool and navigate to “Window snapping” under the Window Manager section.


3. Turn the “window snapping” option to off. This will prevent the window from maximizing when you drag it to the screen edge or corner.


Similarly, you can turn the “Window spread” and “HotCorners” options to off.

Note: While testing this out, I found that the system will become unstable occasionally when you turn off/on the effects. It is best to restart the computer after you have made changes to Unity Tweak Tool.

Turning off Window Animation in Ubuntu 13.04

If you want to disable the zoom effect when you minimize/maximize the window (and all other animations), you will have to install CompizConfig Settings Manager.

sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager

Once installed, open CCSM and go to the “Effects -> Animations” section. Uncheck the box beside “Animations”. This will disable the zoom effect when you minimize/maximize the window.


You can also play around with CCSM to customize the window effects and animations, but be warned that a lot of the settings are interlinked together and turning an option on/off might affect other settings as well. Be very careful and play with it only if you have enough experience to deal with the after-effect.

Once again, restart your computer after you have made changes to CCSM.

Let us know if the abovementioned tricks work for you.

Image credit: Ubuntu Concrete Circle


Damien Oh started writing tech articles since 2007 and has over 10 years of experience in the tech industry. He is proficient in Windows, Linux, Mac, Android and iOS, and worked as a part time WordPress Developer. He is currently the owner and Editor-in-Chief of Make Tech Easier.

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