I have a Macbook Pro Retina 15" (Mid 2014). For whatever reason I noticed that one application (Netbeans) is a lot faster (the interface) when it runs in a non-retina screen (noticed this when I connected a second non-retina display).

I don't really like using a second display. And I also really like the retina graphics. Is it possible to only run one application (Netbeans) as non-retina whereas everything else is retina?

OSX Yosemite 10.10.5.


Select Netbeans in Finder, right click and press "Get Info" (or press Cmd ⌘-I on the keyboard). In the window that pops up, check "Open in Low Resolution".

  • Well, it definitely answers the question so I marked this answer. However, I am under the impression that Netbeans is still slow in my retina monitor compared to my non-retina one. Weird. – Omega Sep 7 '15 at 14:49
  • For future reference: the reason Netbeans is slow on Mac is a particular bug with it. Netbeans 8.0.2 should fix it. – Omega Oct 27 '15 at 22:11

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