A cursor is an arrow shown on the screen (a.k.a. a pointer) to represent where the mouse is, or a flashing horizontal line in a terminal or textbox indicating where text will be inserted during typing.

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Mouse cursor flickering and disappearing

I installed Ubuntu today and since the first start up I have a problem with the mouse cursor. It starts randomly disappearing and flickering a lot. I have searched for a solution on Google and here ...
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How do I change the cursor and its size?

I have recently created an Ubuntu 12.04 partition on my Windows 7 laptop. When installing it, I switched to "high contrast" mode, which has rather large cursors (by large I mean about twice as large ...
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How to change mouse cursor and theme?

How can I change X11 cursor and theme in the newest Ubuntu? I can't find it. Please help.
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How do I disable the blinking cursor in gnome-terminal?

I could have sworn that there was once a setting for this in the gnome-terminal "Profile". And then in some version of Ubuntu, that setting disappeared, and I had to use System ➜ Preferences ➜ ...
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How to get cursor click effect?

I've seen videos like this one in which a effect appears when the user made a click. What I want it's just the effect only, I don't care the colour of the cursor. How can I make this effect when I do ...
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Busy Cursor (Spinning Wait) Hangs

I'm running Ubuntu 13.04, and the problem is that sometimes the mouse pointer icon is stuck with the busy cursor (I can move it) or spinning wait. When this happens, if mouse cursor is on any window ...
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Mouse cursor disappearing at every second boot Ubuntu 13.10

Since I installed Ubuntu 13.10 my mouse cursor has been disappearing every second time i boot Ubuntu 13.10. So the way I solve it is by restarting Ubuntu, and the mouse cursor will become visible ...
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How do I obtain and install larger mouse pointers - I am slightly visually impaired [duplicate]

I am totally new to Ubuntu. Just this morning (Wed May 22, 2013) I installed Ubuntu 12.04.2 64-bit desktop on my 2.5 year old laptop along side Windows 7. One of the reasons I installed Ubuntu was to ...
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cursor jumps when moving (and some other times)

i updated to 12.10 beta 1 when it was released (coming from 12.04 fresh install, i skipped the alpha releases of 12.10) since then i've done all the usual updates but ive had an issue with my cursor ...
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How to change cursor in Unity?

As we have to have active compiz with Unity, I can't change the color, size, etc. of the cursor. Is there any way for do it?
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How to hide the mouse cursor

I'm building a kiosk using Ubuntu Precise on a touch screen. Now I'm looking for the appropriate way to make the mouse cursor disappear. As people know where they are pointing, displaying an arrow ...
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How do I install and select cursor themes?

I'm new to this amazing OS (Ubuntu 11.10) and I've been changing a lot of things and experimenting (it's fun you know). But I don't know how to install cursor themes. Can I install this? ...
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How to convert Ubuntu cursor to Windows and conversely?

Is it possible to convert ubuntu cursor theme to windows .cur and .ani. and make ubuntu cursor theme from Windows .cur & .ani files? If so, How thanks :)
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How can I adjust the cursor size or reset it to the default value? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I change the cursor and its size? I don't know why, but after installing Ubuntu 11.10 the cursors are very large. Not always but almost in all applications (See ...
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Mouse pointer size problem

My mouse cursor is double the normal size. Its only the default pointer that is enlarged. Variations like resize, busy and so on are the correct size. The problem persists even when I change cursor ...
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Ubuntu tweak tool - Mouse cursor would not change theme

I tried to change the cursor theme from DMZ-White to DMZ-Black for my laptops. But it does not work for one of my laptop. For that laptop, it does not work no matter I change the cursor theme in - ...
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Separate touchpad sensitivity

For gaming precision on PC, I have disabled mouse acceleration. The mouse speed works as I wanted to, however the touchpad is just too slow. Is there a way to have separate cursor speed for mouse and ...
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mouse cursor blink on 14.04 live on cool drive

I make my cool drive boot able and I use Ubuntu 14.04 on my cool drive but my mouse cursor blinks? even I do not run any heavy process. what is the problem? Bye the way I do not have black screen . ...
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Skype on 64 bit has non default mouse cursor theme

I have installed Skype from Canonical Partner repository on my 64-bit Ubuntu system. When I hover the mouse over the Skype window, the mouse cursor theme changes from default white to black. How can ...
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Can't see cursor in 13.10

I'm trying out Ubuntu 13.10 but I can't see the cursor. Can anybody help me? I'm a total newbie in the whole Linux thing and I would like some help.
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How to change Guake cursor from block to I-Beam?

As the title says, I want to change the cursor of Guake to I-Beam (the vertical line). I find block cursor to be confusing sometimes. I looked into the preferences but unfortunately there is no option ...
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Huge mouse cursor arrow after installing Nvidia drivers [closed]

After installing the proprietary Nvidia drivers, my mouse cursor looks like this: The arrow image is much larger than normal. How can I fix it? Details How I installed the Nvidia drivers: ...
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Minecraft: right click shows cursor

I play Java progammed game Minecraft. When I place an block by using right click, it shows the cursor position over the Java application as long I hold it down. It is annoying because on Windows ...
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Mouse is choppy [closed]

When I installed Ubuntu (11.10) a few days ago, my mouse cursor was smooth and responsive. Now it's very slow, choppy, and clumsy. I hadn't really changed much (at least I don't think so), all I've ...
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How to break or delete the symbolic link?

sudo ln -fs /usr/share/icons/Cyclone/cursor.theme etc/alternatives/x-cursor-theme I want to delete this link, as it seems to make some problems. Is this done by deleting cursor.theme file or what ...
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Cursor disappearing in a Ideapad Yoga?

Upgraded from 13.04 to 13.10 on my Ideapad Yoga yesterday, hoping it might have fixes for a couple of issues I've been having. While it seems to have made the touchscreen more usable, it has made the ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 no cursor after fresh instalation

So I'm having a problem after installing Ubuntu 14.04 on my HP Pavilion dv6-3160sp. The problem is that after the booting to ubuntu the mouse/cursor simply vanishes, and also if I try like right ...
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Opening cursor files in a graphics editor?

I'm looking at /usr/share/icons/DMZ-White/cursors, and there is: $ tree -s /usr/share/icons/DMZ-White/ /usr/share/icons/DMZ-White/ ├── [ 4096] cursors │   ├── [ 14] ...
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Cursor 's stuck on the right side of the screen when using Wacom tablet

I am using Ubuntu 11.10 x64. When I move the cursor off the screen on the right side of the screen using my pen-tablet (as mouse), there is no way to move it back again. The only way is to a mouse ...
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Mouse disappears over gvim after installing NERDTree

I installed NERDTree and now the mouse disappears over gvim. Is there any .vimrc setting that would fix this? Launchpad Bug Same question @Stack Overflow
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How to make cursor change from thin line to block based on normal or insert mode in Console Vim on Gnome Terminal

I am switching from Gvim to using Console Vim using the Gnome Terminal 2.32.1. I really liked in Gvim how the cursor would be a solid square when in normal mode and thin line when in insert mode. ...
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Eye tracking mouse cursor for Ubuntu

Is there any software to control mouse cursor using eye or finger via web camera in ubuntu? Windows has a software called Camera Mouse, that can control your cursor by tracking your eye or finger ...
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How can I use my keyboard as a mouse?

I'm using my keyboard more and more these days for basic command line stuff, vim editing, alt-tab window switching and the like. Q) How can I use my number pad keys to move the cursor around on the ...
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Mouse cursor won't appear on boot

It's still there, but it's invisible! Logging out makes it appear again, but logging out and back in after each boot is quite a nuisance. Any ideas? Switching to Unity 2D seems to make the cursor ...
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How to disable blinking cursor in Gnome 3.8?

There is this proposed solution to disable the blinking cursor in Gnome terminal. However, it no longer seems to work for Gnome 3.8. The option /apps/gnome-terminal/profiles/Default in Gconf does not ...
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New mouse cursor doesn't appear in list sudo update-alternatives --config x-cursor-theme

I tried installing a new mouse cursor and put the unzipp/tarred file in the folder named ~/.icons. I selected the theme with gnome-tweak-tool, but it won't change properly. The default cursor ...
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How do I disable cursor shadow?

Is it possible to disable the cursor shadow in Ubuntu 13.10? The shadow is ruining my cursor theme's glow effect.
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Show *realtime* mouse cursor coordinates? (Cursor mod / overlay) Also, copy to clipboard?

I'm looking for a solution that would display the current mouse cursor coordinates in realtime (i.e. NOT xdotool and NOT xev). I need to move the mouse to a certain position, then press Alt-Tab to ...
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Mouse pointer/cursor disappears or doesn't show properly

I recently installed the new Lubuntu 12.10 but I'm having problems with mouse pointer image. When I start the OS everything works fine, but if I open some programs (for example Chromium) my cursor ...
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How to change the cursor to hourglass in a python gtk3 application

I've a function taking quite a long time to perform and I'm trying to change the cursor to an hour glass during the time the function is executed. But it only works the very first time the function is ...
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How to properly orient the cursor for typing in Arabic?

Whenever I am typing in Arabic, the cursor skips to the beginning of the line because if it were written from left to right, that would be where I last typed. How can I fix that?
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Unable to type in a terminal

When I open a terminal no cursor appears, and no text, I just get a blank black screen. I am able to run commands by pressing Ctrl-Alt-F2. I have minimal understanding of typing code etc. (Using ...
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Cursor moves randomly [closed]

I noticed that after a 1-hour (or longer) session, if I lock/suspend my laptop, when I start that session again, my cursor moves randomly and sometimes clicks as well. This does not happen on Windows ...
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13.04 flickering mouse pointer [duplicate]

I'm running 13.04 on my laptop. My laptop has a tendency to run really hot - to the point of thermal shutdowns if left unattended for a long period of time. I don't know if that's relevant. the mouse ...
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How to deactiviate blinking cursor on 12.04

my mouse cursor is blinking frequently when it's moved, especcially within the system settings application and similar types of windows (it s also blinking when hovering over the "post your question" ...
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Ubuntu 12.04 cursor changes

I have a weird problem with my Ubuntu 12.04 dual screen setup (Toshiba laptop + one monitor). After a while the cursor on one screen completely changes its shape (not every time). I don't really know ...
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Why does the default arrow cursor does not change when I change my X11 cursor theme? [closed]

Using the Advance Settings utility from the Ubuntu Software Center I can change the X11 cursor theme, but the only cursor that does not change is the default arrow cursor. How can I get it to change ...
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My default mouse cursor doesn't change, no matter which theme I use

If I open gnome-tweak-tool, go to the Theme section and choose the DMZ-Black cursor theme, my default cursor stays exactly the same. However, the other cursor images (like when I move a window or ...
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Mouse flickering

I've just done a fresh install of Ubuntu 13.10 on my Asus K53SV but I noticed that the cursor is flickering a lot and some times disappear. I never had this issue before with other Ubuntu release. ...
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Where is my Cursor?

My os is ubuntu 13.10, I use the following code to remove the kde desktop installed before: sudo apt-get purge kde* And then use the following code to install gnome 3.10: sudo ...