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How To: Enable Desktop Effects On Ubuntu 11.10

Here is a guide that shows you how to install the compizconfig settings manager (ccsm) and the extra compiz plugins for extra effects.

Before you can use the effects you need to have the CompizConfig Settings Manager (ccsm) and the extra compiz plugins installed. There are some effects installed but by adding the extra compiz plugins you will have a lot more effects to choose from.

To install ccsm and the plugins open a terminal window (press SuperKey and type: terminal) and copy+paste the followin line:

sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager compiz-plugins-extra

When installed close the terminal window, press the SuperKey and type: ccsm to open the CompizConfig Settings Manager.

Click on the Effects button and mark the Animations Add-On check box to enable the extra plugins. To assign the effects to open/minimize/close windows click on the Animations button and use the effects you like.

To enable Wobbly Windows all you have to do is mark it and it will be enabled. When asked to disable Snapping Windows… disable it otherwise Wobbly won’t wobble.

You may need to restart your computer for the settings to take effect.

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12 years ago

First of all, great tutorial, it helped a lot. After installing the Settings Manager and enabling animations, I activated Wobbly Windows and was prompted to disable Snapping Windows. I did so, and the bar along the top of the screen disappeared and so did the launcher. Do you know why this is happening of if there is some sort of fix? Thanks 🙂