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I've searched everywhere in the system settings but I still can't find it.

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I just found out that dconf has replaced gconf. Are you still looking for a fix? – Seth Jan 29 '13 at 0:45
I will try that later. – phillips1012 Jan 29 '13 at 4:29

NOTE: I found out the Dconf has mostly replaced Gconf. Since using Gconf did't work, I have updated the instructions for Dconf.

You can change the setting in dconf-editor

sudo apt-get install dconf-editor

Open dconf-editor and navigate to: org -> gnome -> settings-daemon -> peripherals -> mouse then check/uncheck the 'locate pointer' option.

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Didn't work... I have to admit, I did see that on my adventure through every system setting. – phillips1012 Dec 18 '12 at 3:04
It worked for me and I just add to it the comamndline way( to build in your scripts etc.): gsettings set org.gnome.settings-daemon.peripherals.mouse locate-pointer true. Great explanation in . – Huge Aug 24 '14 at 17:10
thank you, also for the @Huge command line example :D – erm3nda May 24 '15 at 5:39
This answer is not the best answer for newer versions than at least 15.10 – MPi May 10 at 6:30
@MPi Did you try it? It works juts fine for me on 15.10. – Seth May 10 at 17:50

In a terminal run:

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

to enable and/or

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

to disable.

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Its under 'Mouse and Touchpad' in System Settings

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What version of Ubuntu are you using? – Seth Dec 18 '12 at 2:19
12.10, here is a screenshot: – phillips1012 Dec 18 '12 at 2:21
Looks like your running Kubuntu. Is that right? – Seth Dec 18 '12 at 2:23
No, I'm using gnome 3.6 (with a custom theme, obviously). I think I may have discovered the cause, though. I updated to gnome-control-center 3.6, which doesn't have that option. Any workarounds? – phillips1012 Dec 18 '12 at 2:25
Yes, I've tried practically everything. – phillips1012 Dec 18 '12 at 3:52

You can do this using Gnome Tweak Tool ...

Look at "Keyboard and Mouse" settings ... its an On - OFF switch ... CTRL key.

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-1 because of poor answer. Using GNOME Tweak Tool... in Ubuntu with Unity desktop? There is no "Keyboard and Mouse" settings in GNOME Tweak Tool. – clearkimura Dec 3 '15 at 3:29

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