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Hit Control key and display where's the mouse

Postby drumsergio » 2018-08-27 12:13

Hi there,

I would like to have something similar to what Windows has. I have an eyesight problem and I have sometimes difficulties searching for the mouse. I have 3 screens and I set the screen to a very low brightness, so you can imagine my problems.

Do you know if something similar to ubuntu's: https://askubuntu.com/questions/230102/ ... press-ctrl

I am using Debian MATE

Thank you very much
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Re: Hit Control key and display where's the mouse

Postby debiman » 2018-08-28 06:36

2 steps.

a) use some software that can locate the pointer: https://www.startpage.com/do/dsearch?qu ... te+pointer
b) bind the execution of that software to a hotkey (mate settings)
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Re: Hit Control key and display where's the mouse

Postby fsmithred » 2018-08-29 12:34

From the x11-apps package...
The geometry setting puts it in the upper-right corner of a 1280x1024 screen. Without that, it comes up in the middle of the screen. Adjust the position to your liking.

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xeyes -geometry +1200+0
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Re: Hit Control key and display where's the mouse

Postby debiman » 2018-08-29 17:32

xeyes can help, but it's not exactly what op asked for.

i looked at my own search suggestion:
debiman wrote:a) use some software that can locate the pointer: https://www.startpage.com

i could not find a standalone program; the feature seems available for gnome, cinnamon and KDE.
however, since MATE is based on gnome2, the solution outlined just might work.
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Re: Hit Control key and display where's the mouse

Postby arzgi » 2018-08-30 09:57

drumsergio wrote:Hi there,

I would like to have something similar to what Windows has. I have an eyesight problem and I have sometimes difficulties searching for the mouse. I have 3 screens and I set the screen to a very low brightness, so you can imagine my problems.

Do you know if something similar to ubuntu's: https://askubuntu.com/questions/230102/ ... press-ctrl

I am using Debian MATE

Thank you very much


One of the first packages I always install is unclutter, which by default hides mouse cursor after 5 seconds of inactivity. My problem is the reverse, I don't want to see the cursor :mrgreen: . I think it might help in your case too, touching mouse brings cursor back on screen.
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Re: Hit Control key and display where's the mouse

Postby stevepusser » 2018-08-30 17:45

You can also run compiz-reloaded as Mate's window manager, and that has accessibility settings for showing the cursor location. The default is orbiting glowing stars. http://compiz-debian.tuxfamily.org/

Depending on your desktop and your mouse cursor theme, you can also make the cursor larger, more colorful, or even use an animated cursor without using compiz.
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Re: Hit Control key and display where's the mouse

Postby debiman » 2018-08-30 17:57

^ i tend to agree;
i also sometimes cannot find the mouse pointer, but wiggling it vigorously always helps.
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