Make XQuartz more usable

July 28, 2008 by Michael

This post is an update to Make usable on a mac:

The “Click through” property on both Apples X11 and the X11 provided by XQuartz is not set. This leads to the fact, that you have to click on each X11 window twice: First activating it, 2nd pushing a button or whatever else. I hate this, i really do.

With Apples X11, open a terminal and enter:

defaults write wm_click_through -bool true

With XQuartz X11 enter:

defaults write org.x.X11 wm_click_through -bool true

This will help you with all X11 apps, like Gimp, Inkscape, Open Office and the likes.


  1. Thanks for this hint. took 5 seconds and instantly made life a little bit better.

    Posted on April 7, 2009 at 1:00 AM | Permalink
  2. Michael wrote:

    Hi David,
    thanks for your kind comment 🙂

    Posted on April 7, 2009 at 12:06 PM | Permalink
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