If you've used Windows 2000 yet, you'll have seen the way the new menus and select lists appear and disappear: they do a fadein/fadeout effect straight out of a bad special effects demo reel. Sure it looks pretty cool - the first time you see it. Then you want it to go the fuck away so you can do WORK with the damn system (or play Half-Life, whatever's on your plate).

Call me puritanical, but graphical user interfaces are not to be oohed and aahed at; they are to enhance the functionality and increase the user's power over the computer.

So anyway, follow these steps to kill the effect:

  1. Open Settings->Control Panel->Display.
  2. Click on the Effects tab.
  3. Uncheck the box next to "Use transition effects for menus and tooltips".
  4. Click OK.
  5. Revel in the slight bit of power you have wielded in the name of usability.
  6. Learn bash so you never have to use another GUI again.

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