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Decrease the double click speed for Java Applications on Ubuntu Linux

October 13th, 2008 by

When running any Java swing application (like intellij idea) on Ubuntu the double click speed is by default set to 200ms. If like me you find this anoying you can decrease the double click speed by taking the following steps

In your home directory create a file called .Xresources and add the following line

*multiClickTime: 400

Then from the commandline execute

xrdb ~/.Xresources

to make the changes take effect

8 Responses

  1. November 29, 2008 at 19:51 by Gotit

    Thank you, thank you, thank you.

    This worked like a charm!!

  2. March 31, 2011 at 20:41 by PaulW

    thanks! Before this it appeared that double-clicks did not work at all in IntelliJ on Ubuntu. Now they work just fine.

  3. December 7, 2011 at 06:36 by Enrico Giurin

    Thanks a lot, it works! I was almost to the point of giving up with idea in ubuntu, due to this annoying problem.

  4. January 9, 2012 at 21:37 by Matthew Platte

    Yah, me too! Via the fine folks at Jetbrains, this fix dialed down my hyperclicks to a sane, reasonable rate. Thanks.

  5. January 21, 2012 at 20:53 by Andre

    Great. This worked for me too, was having trouble with PyCharm double clicks, having moved from Eclipse. Guess Eclipse was never impacted because it uses GTK underneath.


  6. April 23, 2012 at 10:35 by Shital

    Thanks a lot.

  7. November 20, 2012 at 22:23 by Michael D

    Thanks! That worked like a charm in Ubuntu 11.04 as well. Glad to see some things never change. (Or maybe it would be good if they did and the double click speed would be set to something reasonable now!)

  8. February 10, 2015 at 16:20 by Anton

    Thanks, man!