So, I was trying to drag and drop an image, but for reason I am now stuck with two mouse cursors for some reason (not to mention the image itself is hanging around). image to explain (photo cause the cursor doesn't appear in screenshots) :

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As you can see, there's two cursors - they're also flattened out weirdly, and the image that was being dragged is still there. I have no idea what happened. I'm using Ubuntu 14.10.

  • Displays -> Unknown Monitor -> Turn Off. This worked for me.
    – decached
    Dec 19, 2016 at 3:16

6 Answers 6


just go to the display settings and turn off sticky edges !

  • Same problem on lubuntu desktop (installed on Ubuntu). Appeared on a single monitor configuration. The setting did not help.
    – Artemix
    Jun 20, 2015 at 11:34
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    it also disappears when i clear system cache... i used this cmd "free && sync && echo 3 >sudo /proc/sys/vm/drop_caches && free"
    – krishnan
    Jul 13, 2015 at 7:28

turning off and back on fractional scaling worked for me

  • This fixed it for me when a 2nd copy of the mouse cursor was stuck on the screen. Thanks. Jun 3, 2021 at 23:35

Putting krishnan's answer separately, as this seems to occur, even after turning off sticky edges:

free && sync && echo 3 >sudo /proc/sys/vm/drop_caches && free

I have solved this via "Input > Mouse Integration (uncheck)"

  • This was all I had to do (for Kali, which is Debian).
    – Fixee
    Oct 15, 2017 at 4:13

This worked for me and deserves to be a separate answer.

Displays -> Unknown Monitor -> Turn Off. This worked for me. – Akash Kothawale Dec 19 '16 at 3:16

I turned off and on my secondary display and the excess pointer disappeared.


Settings -> display -> single screen. But then choose "revert" to restore original settings. The second cursor was removed by this procedure

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