Increasing Mac Productivity: Genie VS Scale Minimization

This is the first post in a series I intend to continue on increasing productivity on Macintosh desktops and laptops. Follow this productivity series at

Nowadays, speed is everything. People don’t like waiting for things–it’s all about instant gratification now. For some (myself included), this is especially important when working on computers. Now although I personally prefer waiting for things in general and enjoying life one step at a time, I do believe that speed on a computer is key. One little way to increase your productivity on a Mac desktop/ MacBook is the Scale effect.

If your open up System Preferences and select “Dock,” you’re going to see a small bunch of customizable features pop up on your screen. Aboult 3/4 down the list, you should see the text “Minimize windows using.” Right next to that is a drop down box with two choices: Genie effect and Scale effect. The Genie effect is what all Macs do by default. Whenever you minimize a window, the window gets skinny at the bottom and gets ‘sucked into’ the dock. This is the Genie minimization effect. It’s pretty cool and gives you another reason to be proud to own a Mac, but it actually slows you down quite a bit. Before your can move onto the next program you want to use, you have to wait approximately two full seconds for the previous window to minimize.

The “Dock” section of a Mac’s System Preferences panel.


Two full seconds might seem like nothing to you right now, but switch to the Scale minimize effect and you’ll see an immediate difference. Windows now fly down into the dock in less than a second, a massive improvement in time over the Genie effect. Again, these seconds may not seem like much now, but after trying this for a few hours you’ll wish you made the change sooner. All the Scale effect is doing is getting rid of the “Genie animation” and just minimizing windows like on a Windows computer (no pun intended). It’s a cool little thing to try out and a great way to get started on a faster workplace/computer environment.

About Daniel

Daniel is a graduate of CUNY Macaulay Honors College at Brooklyn College, summa cum laude with a B.A. in Film Production and TV/Radio. He can be reached via his website, The Utopia of Daniel was his college blog and he has since transitioned to posting on other sites.