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How to Reduce Screen Motion on Your Mac

Some folks, such as my wife, don’t like a lot of onscreen motion. Conveniently, on your Mac, you can stop or reduce the movement of some onscreen elements, such as when you open apps, switch between desktops, or open and close Notification Center. 

As Apple notes, this feature is especially useful for people who experience motion sickness or vertigo. Here’s how to reduce motion:

On your Mac, choose Apple menu  > System Preferences, click Accessibility, then click Display.

Accessibility window
choose Apple menu  > System Preferences, click Accessibility, then click Display

Select Display and check the Reduce motion tab.

Accessibility window for Displays
Check the Reduce motion tab.

As noted by Smashing Magazine, when reduced motion is requested, all the parallax and large motion effects are removed, but they do more than just pause or remove the animations.

The macOS is filled with animations that, personally, I like. If you do choose to “Reduce motion,” you’ll mainly notice the changes when in full-screen mode. Why? When you “full screen” an app, your desktop slides out of the way and the app window zooms to fill the display. And when switching between full-screen apps, you see a pretty cool screen slide transition. 

Well, cool for folks like me. Not for others. With reduce motion on, these transitions are replaced by crossfades.

[Header image by Patrick Ward on Unsplash}

Dennis Sellers
the authorDennis Sellers
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Dennis has over 40 years of journalism experience and has written hundreds of articles. For the past 20-plus years, he's been an online journalist, covering mainly Apple Inc. He's written for MacCentral, MacWorld, MacMinute, Macsimum News, Apple Daily Report, and is now contributing editor at Apple World Today.
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