A black-on-white cross-hair/I-bar mouse-pointer is sometimes hard foe me to spot in amongst black-on-white text.

I've tried Accessibility / Mouse Accessibility / Locate Pointer which will: Show pointer position when Control is pressed

It works (to a point), but it does have a notable problem, which renders it impractical.

  • It has the uncanny side-effect of disallowing all Control key navigation while editing a file/dir name in Nautilus F2. Just touching the Control key drops it out of edit mode, which means I can't keyboard paste, move-L/R word etc...

So, I'm looking for an alternative.
I've tried Compiz's Water Effect, but I need something which is sharper, faster, and localized to the pointer.

Compiz's Show Mouse (with fire) is not suitable.

I'm really looking for an analog of "Accessibility / Locate Pointer":
* ie. I hit Control (only).. and it blips a quick visual pulse.

I've just realized why I can't find my mouse so often!
... It's because it is isn't there !!!
... Two apps I use a lot, Gedit and Konsole (KDE Terminal; it renders unicode better),
... dissolve the mouse-pointer to invisible after the first key is typed ... and Konsole does it after a few seconds of idle-time... like a video-player option: "hide the mouse".. Well I don't use the mouse much, and I thought it was juse my eyesight (which does rely a lot on Compiz's zoom)... I discovered it when I installed a "novelty" app, called Geyes from gnome-applets Install gnome-applets ("A goofy set of eyes for the GNOME panel. They follow your mouse.") ... It could follow the mouse better than me! :)
... Geyes


Maybe you can report an accessibility bug asking for the Ctrl not to be hardcoded, so that you can choose whatever shortcut or unused key you want for it.

Another option might be to ask the Compiz developers to create a less spectacular alternative for their current "find the pointer" effects.

As an alternative, you could change the mouse pointer to something like the "redglass" pointer theme (which as a bonus also allows you to set the size of the pointer). You can do this from the Appearance dialog, click the Customize button, then the Pointer tab. You can try out other themes too.

  • Thanks, good suggestions. I already use the "redglass" pointer, and yes, it is suitable in most situations, but sometimes it blends too much with colourful backgrounds... Re the "bug", I think Control is the ideal key, (single vs. combo) and the issue may lie more in the interaction with Nautilus, because it is okay elswhere; (one day I'll get the hang of bug reporting; getting there.) ... Re Compiz: it doesn't follow the mouse when zooming, which I do a lot ;)... and again, nothing beats a quick tap on a single key.... Maybe something will turn up.. until then "Alt+Context-menu" (water). – Peter.O Nov 18 '10 at 15:19
  • PS.. the black-and-white cross-hair, and suchlike pointers, come from some occasional apps which seem to take control of the mouse .. (eg. wine, which I use for one must-have app) – Peter.O Nov 18 '10 at 15:33

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