Is there an easy option to change or edit the default application switcher?
The current switcher is pretty cool with this fade of the windows and the reordered Plank when I just enjoy the system, but when I work I need to remove all animations/fades and those little slowdowns.

At the moment I am with two monitors an when I press Alt+Tab the application at the current window is fading to the left/right (depending on which monitor) edge of the monitor which is the center of the two monitors together, but it is annoying for me. I prefer to disable this fade.

Also Plank animation when Alt-Tabing is small. I like bigger in the middle of the monitor switchers, something like Unity default switcher.

  • Indeed the other thread is about the same thing, but without any table solution.
    – Ivan Dokov
    Aug 4, 2015 at 8:24

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You can tweak that behaviour with elementary tweaks or dconf-editor in /org/pantheon/desktop/gala/animations/.

Edit #1: Well, some of them, not sure about alt+ tab fade animations.

Edit #2: This might be a solution, although, i haven't tested it yet and you need to build it from source: Custom Gala Window Manager

  • I have already disabled animations from Elementary Tweaks, but this doesn't remove the application switcher animation.
    – Ivan Dokov
    Aug 4, 2015 at 8:08
  • I'm still looking through dconf-editor, I'm not sure you can do that. Aug 4, 2015 at 8:10
  • It's a window manager thing, if it's making you a big problem, maybe you should consider switching to another, more lightweight window manager (like xfwm for example). Aug 4, 2015 at 8:13
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    I don't want to change the window manager. It's great, just it needs a switch for power usage. I am not with weak machine, just I need it to respond faster.
    – Ivan Dokov
    Aug 4, 2015 at 8:18

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