It gets in the way. I'd like to have it disappear when I start typing, then reappear if I move it. I've heard of unclutter but it sounds like it hides the cursor after it's been "idle" for a while, which isn't what I want--I only want to hide when I'm typing. How could I do this?


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You can use xbanish, it does the job. Install it and run it simply like that:

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    Please don't post answers that consist only of a link - elaborate on the steps needed, on how to accomplish the goal by using the mentioned tool.
    – guntbert
    Feb 28, 2018 at 11:17
  • I added the command that is only the name of the application.
    – rools
    Feb 28, 2018 at 12:41
  • Any solution for those of us on wayland?
    – Ben Davis
    Nov 13, 2023 at 2:46

xbanish does it well, I installed and it's working fine. you may clone its repo cd the repo, run make.

you may find the missing headers in the Ubuntu package search, check the option;

packages that contain files named like this

install the packages accordingly.

run the executable and you're good to go.

you may want to run the executable with


care to not kill xbanish while typing, instead terminate the process with

killall -TERM xbanish

  • Thanks, it works for me, on Lubuntu LXDE. Had to compile to install though. Dec 30, 2022 at 13:55

There is a setting I found in dash home when u search mouse. Click mouse and touch pad, and the is an option that is: disable touch pad when typing.

Hope this helps

  • That only seems to work in gedit, for some reason...
    – Zelda64fan
    Oct 18, 2013 at 17:52
  • this is not answer for a question
    – QkiZ
    Apr 17, 2020 at 11:20

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