Why settle for merely burning application windows on close when you could totally incinerate them instead?

Yes, everyone’s1 favourite over-the-top desktop effect extension is back with an update, and it adds yet another epically excessive window closing animation to its pool: Incinerate.

As you can probably imagine the new Incinerate effect takes your app windows and…

animated gif of burn my windows incinerate effect
Totally Epic, Right?

What’s great is that this new effect is compatible with GNOME 3.36 and above. Ergo, you don’t need to be running the very latest GNOME desktop to enjoy it (though be aware that this new effect is a little more resource hungry than others the extension offers).

Plus, as with all other effects in Burn My Windows, you can use it as-is or customise the animation to suit your tastes. For example, you may want to speed it up or slow it, change the colour, or introduce additional ‘turbulence’ to the physics for a wilder, less predictable look.

Tweak the effect to your liking

You can also set Incinerate effect (and any other) as your window opening animation too/instead. And if you like several effects and can’t decide which one to use: enable several and let your system pick one at random for each close/open.

Burn My Windows GNOME Extension

‘Burn My Windows’ is free, open source software (and now some of its cool effects support KDE Plasma too, which is neat). You can install Burn My Windows from the GNOME extensions website.

These days my preferred way to install GNOME extensions on Ubuntu isn’t using a browser, but the frickin’ fantastic Extensions Manager app that is available in the 22.04 repos (run a gnome-shell-extension-manager) or find it on Flathub.

Already have the extension installed? You’ll get this update automatically in the background but it’ll only be “installed” when you next log out or restart your GNOME session.

1 Or just me, I’m not sure. Not done the research yet 💅🏻.

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