The Gimp on Mac OS X: need for double click

So I didn’t want to spend any cash on PhotoShop and installed The Gimp on my MacBook. Unfortunately, The Gimp runs in X11 and that gives one little but very annoying problem: everytime I change window (e.g.: from Tools to the picture window itself), I have to click twice to do the action I want: first to get focus on the window, and then to do the action I want to do.

This is the solution:

defaults write org.x.X11 wm_click_through -bool true

Enter it in a terminal, and restart X11.

14 thoughts on “The Gimp on Mac OS X: need for double click

  1. did not work for me. (new macbook pro from jan 09)

    I upgraded to the last version of x11, and selected click through inactive window on the preferences.

    That did the trick for me.

  2. Since this is the first result I got about double-clicking in GIMP, I thought I’d leave this tidbit here: For those with OSX earlier than Leopard 10.5.5, the command is:
    defaults write com.apple.x11 wm_click_through -bool true

  3. Holy cow, that was driving me INSANE. GIMP was completely unusable like that, but now it works like a charm.

    Thank you so much!!!

  4. Thanks for posting. It worked I ran X11 on its own, entered the command into terminal, then closed down x11 and restarted it. Then ran the GIMP and it worked as intended. Thanks! πŸ™‚

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