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modal pop-up in idea loses focus while entering text

asked 2014-06-30 11:01:00 +0000

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updated 2014-06-30 11:03:28 +0000


I'm only experiencing this problem when using i3 - and it really is a shame, since it sort of makes the VM unusable for work :(


  1. IntelliJ IDEA v13.1.2 Build #IU-135.690
  2. i3 version 4.7.2 (2014-01-23, branch "tags/4.7.2")


a) Open a project in IDEA, type <ctrl>-N to open the "find class dialog box".

b) Start typing characters to find a class.

c) The dialog-box will flicker, and one of your characters will be sent to "the editor".

Effectively, this means, that I've accidentially changed a file (possibly making it non-compilable).

It makes using IDEA with i3 impossible.

Do you know any work around for this?

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answered 2014-06-30 12:15:22 +0000

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The fight for focus. You could try to disable i3's focus_follows_mouse option.

Or, check out the file in your IDE installation folder, specially this parameter:

# There are two possible values of idea.popup.weight property: "heavy" and "medium".
# If you have WM configured as "Focus follows mouse with Auto Raise" then you have to
# set this property to "medium". It prevents problems with popup menus on some
# configurations.

Also, you could use a tool like unclutter to make the mouse-cursor less obtrusive, run it like this:

unclutter -idle 3 -jitter 5 -noevents -root &

I've recently started using xbanish as well, will hide the mouse as soon as you start typing.

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