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

  • I just found out that dconf has replaced gconf. Are you still looking for a fix?
    – Seth
    Jan 29, 2013 at 0:45
  • I will try that later. Jan 29, 2013 at 4:29

6 Answers 6


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. Dec 18, 2012 at 3:04
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    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 askubuntu.com/a/191013/79176 .
    – Huge
    Aug 24, 2014 at 17:10
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    This answer is not the best answer for newer versions than at least 15.10
    – MPi
    May 10, 2016 at 6:30
  • @MPi Did you try it? It works juts fine for me on 15.10.
    – Seth
    May 10, 2016 at 17:50
  • @Seth I did not try it, but it will surely work. My preference would always be a one-liner shell command with pre-installed tools, over a graphical step-by-step explanation with tools to be additionally installed. My comment about the Ubuntu version was probably wrong and misleading, though.
    – MPi
    May 11, 2016 at 7:33

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.


Its under 'Mouse and Touchpad' in System Settings

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  • What version of Ubuntu are you using?
    – Seth
    Dec 18, 2012 at 2:19
  • 12.10, here is a screenshot: i.imgur.com/nowzZ.png Dec 18, 2012 at 2:21
  • Looks like your running Kubuntu. Is that right?
    – Seth
    Dec 18, 2012 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? Dec 18, 2012 at 2:25
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    Yes, I've tried practically everything. Dec 18, 2012 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.
    – user37165
    Dec 3, 2015 at 3:29
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    Still a useful answer, for Ubuntu users on 17.10 that switched to Gnome Shell: gnome-tweak-tools > "Keyboard and Mouse" > "Mouse" > "Pointer Location" / "Press the Ctrl key to highlight the pointer." Mar 6, 2018 at 8:58
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    its now become valid, and helped me, as i'm on ubuntu 18 - which uses gnome by defaultr
    – user230910
    May 30, 2018 at 5:01

In Ubuntu 20 this setting is in Settings -> Universal Access -> Locate Pointer.

With dconf

dconf write /org/gnome/desktop/interface/locate-pointer false

In Ubuntu 15.04 LTS

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

worked fine but I could no longer use the CTRL key in remmina VNC.

  • Don't you mean "gsettings set org.gnome.settings-daemon.peripherals.mouse locate-pointer false"
    – Jason
    May 21, 2018 at 17:43

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