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Tip to speeden up Metacity in GNOME


Am now trying to make my GNOME as functional as possible rather than making it decorative. So far I’ve disabled Compiz-Fusion, keep the default optimized theme on, reduced the menus into showing only what I need and now I’m attempting to stop GNOME’s minimize and maximize effects.

I noticed that minimizing windows in GNOME (No Compiz-Fusion enabled) had this silly style of showing a black border closing down.

Something like this, when captured in action:

Its not much I know but being Linux, it had to be flexible enough to get that minor distraction removed too. And since it was a minimize-effect, it had to relate to Metacity, the default Window Border manager in GNOME.

After a little searching in the Configuration Editor (gconf-editor), I found the key which not only disabled this tiny effect but also produced a whole new effect called ‘Wireframes’. I can’t capture them as a screen-shot for unknown reasons but this new thing also shows the scale of the Window, just like Compiz-Fusion’s scale plug-in, only without it!

Try it by following the below:

1: Press ALT+F2 and type “gconf-editor” without quotes.
2: In the dialog box that appears, expand the apps tree and under it, the metacity tree and under the it, open the general folder. (i.e. Navigate to Apps / Metacity / General).
3: Select the key called – “Reduced Resources”.
4: You’re done! Try Min/Max a window and then try Moving it around to see Wireframes in action.

Ahh, long time since an over-hyped post! :P

Written by Harsh

November 16th, 2007 at 4:32 pm

Posted in Linux

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  1. [...] in the blogosphere, Harsh shares how to turn off the window minimise animation using gconf-editor, and elsewhere there’ssome more talk from people who are switching back to Metacity from the [...]

  2. You can get rid of those ugly wireframes easily … ;)

    In gconf-editor go to “desktop/gnome/interface/accessibility” and check it.


    25 Nov 07 at 9:10 pm

  3. Um, I want it :?


    25 Nov 07 at 9:26 pm

  4. For me they look ugly. :D


    25 Nov 07 at 10:34 pm

  5. Heh they are good while I use GIMP or re-scale windows. :)


    25 Nov 07 at 11:01 pm

  6. /apps/desktop/gnome/interface/enable_animations

    disable that instead, and you will keep the window’s contents when dragging them.


    22 Feb 09 at 3:42 am

  7. thanks works perfect


    10 Jun 09 at 1:01 am

  8. Excellent!!!

    I do like Gnome but this minimize effect isn’t good for me.



    24 Jun 09 at 12:36 am

  9. @Harsh thanks for the original post and thanks @Matt for the ‘/apps/desktop/gnome/interface/enable_animations’ suggestion!


    1 Sep 09 at 9:30 pm

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