Disable Mouse Position Indicator in Ubuntu 13.04


In version 12.10 there was a setting under System Settings > Mouse & Touchpad to "Show position of the mouse when the Control key is pressed”. While using 12.10 I enabled this option.

I have since upgraded to version 13.10, and this setting appears to have disappeared.

How can I now disable this? It is interfering with the use of the control key in a number of apps, such as VirtualBox.

I'm quite happy to use the terminal or edit a settings file if that is the best (only) way to do this. I really (!!) don't want to have to reinstall just to reset this one option.

Best Answer

You can try to use gsettings - GSettings configuration tool.

1) Open a terminal window to get the value of "locate-pointer" key.

  • gsettings get org.gnome.settings-daemon.peripherals.mouse locate-pointer

If the result if "True" and you want to disable this feature type:

  • gsettings set org.gnome.settings-daemon.peripherals.mouse locate-pointer false

NOTE: If you want to enable it, type:

  • gsettings set org.gnome.settings-daemon.peripherals.mouse locate-pointer true

Or you can use dconf-tools to view and change the value.

2) To install dconf type:

  • sudo apt-get install dconf-tools

3) Open dconf editor and navigate to the path org.gnome.settings-daemon.peripherals.mouse. "locate-pointer" key to change the value.

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