I’ve got it, if you are interested.
Dconf-editor was the answer, uncovered thanks to the link JasKinasis provided
I use dconf-editor sometimes to tweak the size of my mouse cursor (to 48) where other options are not available, but I had not discovered the animations section until now.
First up, and for The Viewers, Brian was referring earlier to my Post at https://www.linux.org/threads/dual-monitor-drama-lm18-1.4312/ … where I referred to installing mint-meta-mate from the Package Manager.
Better than that, I have since learned, is to install mate-desktop-environment , also in the Repos. This bundle includes mint-meta-mate but more.
Prior to trying this, I would recommend that you either
- Generate a system snapshot using Timeshift (a Linux product similar to Windows Restore) or
- otherwise backup your date and settings as your recovery plan dictates
In that way, you can roll things back should all go awry.
I performed mine from TerminalCode:sudo apt-get -y install mate-desktop-environment
so that I could more closely monitor what was going on.
Once complete, I rebooted, and at the Login screen, where you can see “Ci” for Cinnamon, I clicked and chose “M” for MATE and logged in.
At the MATE desktop, I started to populate my Panel with my favourite apps, and as Brian describes, there is a moment of the icon expanding in size, in a flash. This is what he wants to get rid of.
I then installed dconf-editor, which is in the Repos and can be installed from Synaptic Package Manager, or elseCode:sudo apt-get -y install dconf-editor
On completion, you can click your Menu icon and either search “dconf” or its under Applications-System Tools.
In dconf-editor, go to :
There, the box “enable-animations” is checked by default. Uncheck it and exit, the changes should be immediate. The panel icons/launchers will now depress like a button being pressed, but no expansion or flashing.
There are other options for animations, including but perhaps not limited to:
- org-mate-desktop-interface-enable animations and
- another one commencing org-gnome (MATE is a fork from GNOME)
… which you may like to experiment with, I haven’t yet, but may.
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