In Windows, it is possible to set pressing Ctrl to display the current location of the mouse pointer, as per this tutorial.

Is there a way of setting a key or key combination to perform the same action in Ubuntu?


Open Terminal and run the following command

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

Now if you press ctrl the pointer should be highlighted.

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    This solution has been a huge pain for me. I turned this feature on early after adopting the Gnome Desktop and didn't realize this was the issue behind my ctlr-* shortcuts being hijacked. For instance, ctrl-c and ctlr-v don't work as expected because this function overrides them. I was able to work around it by for instance holding down ctrl, then highlighting text I wanted to copy and then copying instead of highlighting and then crtl-c. I rely heavily on shortcuts and this was driving me nuts. – Ron Collins Nov 15 '17 at 18:37
  • @RonCollins You can undo this by running gsettings set org.gnome.settings-daemon.peripherals.mouse locate-pointer false. – pomsky Nov 15 '17 at 21:11

If anybody still needs it.
It is possible to find this option in the GNOME Tweaks, so go to

Keyboard & Mouse -> Pointer Location

and turn it on/off.

  • That workaround is too heavy. Additionally, I would need to see my cursor in first place to navigate there, or just use the keyboard. – neverMind9 Nov 6 '18 at 11:34

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