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I want to record my screen, and clearly show what is being clicked. You can configure the mouse to show the location when CTRL key is clicked. I want exactly that kind of behaviour, but only when the left mouse button is clicked instead of CTRL key.

Is there a way to configure this?

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Have a look at this handy tool: Key-Mon

If this is too small or not visible enough and you are not a programmer, ask the author or someone else to change the code here: http://code.google.com/p/key-mon/source/browse/src/keymon/lazy_pixbuf_creator.py

In this similar question there is an explanation about how to modify the image displayed when you click.

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It does not specifically locate the mouse (like the CTRL button), but it does work to show when the mouse is clicked. Nice to see it also shows the keys pressed. –  user6019 Jun 19 '11 at 16:03
    
It locates the mouse if you go to settings and turn on highly visible click –  Peter.O Jul 9 '11 at 5:23
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Please note first that changing to the left click isn't practical and may conflict with another key bindings , like the menus.

But You can use ccsm to initiate another key for showing the mouse location:

If you don't have ccsm : Install From Here

You also need the package compiz-plugins-extra . You can find it in the Ubuntu Software Center.

Go to Accessibly ---> Show Mouse

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And note that:

  • Button 1 means Right click.
  • Button 2 means left click.
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Thanks, this looks interesting. But I configured: Show Mouse (in CCMS) activated; INITIATE: <Control> Button 2, and I went to Mouse configuration to configure that the mouse should be shown when CTRL is pressed. If I understand correctly, it should then show up when I actually click the mouse (left click>button 2), right? Because I see no change. –  user6019 Jun 19 '11 at 13:53
    
@Plua Sorry, I didn't mention that you must check the following: Under use this plugin above in the picture; Enable show mouse. Have you done this ? Also you don't need to go the mouse configuration . Just change it and it should work. –  Binarylife Jun 19 '11 at 14:14
    
I tried using this in combination with the CTRL key as in this configuration: i.imgur.com/tBGcQ.png, and I also tried it without the CTRL key as in your example: i.imgur.com/LUfoz.png. It did not work. Please note that I'd like some indication of when the mouse is clicked (for a screencast) - not a mouse trail which is perhaps what this would do. –  user6019 Jun 19 '11 at 15:57
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AFAIK there is no way to do this using the mouse options perhaps you will have to find some other.

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