I have intermittent blindness in my right eye. Windows had a great mouse option that made a trail of cursors behind the one that's functional. It made my mouse easier to see. The control button helps me find my mouse, but I need something to help me track it as it moves.

Any help appreciated. Thanks in advance!

PS: I prefer bash shell installs, copy paste easier then having to read small download link on websites.


You can do this by enabling Show mouse plugin from CompizConfig Settings manager. If you don't have them already installed, you can install them via the terminal using the following command:

sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager compiz-plugins-extra

After these have been installed, open CompizConfig Settings manager and enable Show mouse plugin. To initiate it use Super+K key combination.

I have the following settings in General tab and Particle Options which make the behaviour of the mouse approach of what you wish (maybe even better):

ccsm - show mouse plugin - general tab

ccsm - show mouse pugin - particle option tab

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    works perfectly what i did was made the radius small as posible, and the size of the sparks so its directly under my mouse. so its noticable but not distracting (the defaults were a bit much) thank you sooooo much now i dont have to spend time finding my cursor! (just another reason i wish MS-DOS had USB capibilities, so i could put it on my laptop when GUI not needed. my laptop has no PS\2) come to think of it GUI's dont really do me any good lol – Tarlung Nov 3 '13 at 9:36
  • oh and i had never heard of this program when i looked in the software center under disability software. its a great one it should be spotlighted – Tarlung Nov 3 '13 at 9:41
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    @Tarlug Compiz is compositing manager, therefor it's not listed as disability software, but has good capabilities to help :) – roslav Nov 3 '13 at 11:56
  • That is pretty awful I want simple trails, not a fireworks display following my mouse cursor! Wow. Interesting to learn about though. :O This doesn't really provide what the OP asked for. – neuronet Jul 11 '16 at 13:23
  • Using Ubuntu 18.04 with Intel HD Graphics (Skylake) unfortunatelly I don't see any particles/effects/mouse trail etc. – Hartmut P. Jun 7 '19 at 23:03

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