This happens after trying to take a cropped screenshot (Shift + Print) when a drop-down element (<select>) is open in Chrome. Can be reproduced in this site - click on the "Choose a car" select, then hit Shift + Print.

Mouse still works and moving it affects windows' focus.

I tried various solutions / checks from existing answers:

  • Reloading the psmouse module
  • xev shows no input events for clicks
  • evtest shows events for clicks
  • Switching to another TTY, then back (as suggested here)

The issue remains. Restarting gdm3 helped, but at the cost of restarting my session, so it's equivalent to a restart... (which helps as well, obviously)


  • Dell XPS 7590 15"
  • GNOME Shell 3.36.3-1ubuntu1~20.04.2
  • Google Chrome 83.0.4103.116
  • xserver-xorg-core 2:1.20.8-2ubuntu2.1
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    I noticed that resetting Gnome with Alt + F2 -> R -> Enter helps.
    – Jong
    Sep 7, 2020 at 22:39
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    Killing gnome-shell helped me. Described here: askubuntu.com/a/1298813/312150
    – obezyan
    Mar 2, 2021 at 9:34
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    Just to add to @Jong comment: Alt + F2 -> r -> Enter, so r shouldbe lowercase. Otherwise thanks a lot for your comment :) Sep 3, 2021 at 8:25

1 Answer 1


gnome-shell reset works!

Alt + F2 -> r -> Enter

You may try to hotkey: dbus-send --type=method_call --print-reply --dest=org.gnome.Shell /org/gnome/Shell org.gnome.Shell.Eval string:'global.reexec_self()'

  • Thanks, I always have this issue, and have always had to restart my PC! This works.
    – Dan Abrey
    Jul 5, 2022 at 8:33

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