I am using Ubuntu 14.04LTS with dual Monitor. I am unable to figure out the problem occurring with the mouse pointer.

The mouse pointer blinks and at times it disappears. System Details Dual Monitor

  • Does it reappear when you move the mouse elsewhere? Do you also see a regular pattern when it "disappears" ?
    – user86969
    Commented Jul 25, 2015 at 7:55
  • No there isn't a pattern, it just disappears at times and keeps blinking. For example when opening the filesystem window, the cursor follows the mouse movement but at some point it disappears but the movement is followed [ i.e. the folder's hover effects etc gets followed ]
    – Sanjeev
    Commented Jul 25, 2015 at 8:12
  • Do you have a multi touch device or a tablet attached to your system?
    – user86969
    Commented Jul 25, 2015 at 8:26
  • None, just a dual monitor
    – Sanjeev
    Commented Jul 25, 2015 at 8:31
  • And the same works fine in single monitor
    – Sanjeev
    Commented Jul 25, 2015 at 8:31

2 Answers 2


I am not using an external monitor, and my Ubuntu version is 18.04, but I too sometimes have my mouse cursor disappear. Wanting to avoid a reboot I tried changing screens with Ctrl-Alt-F7 followed by Ctrl-Alt-F1. This restored my cursor.


Try to type this command in the console:

gsettings set org.gnome.settings-daemon.plugins.cursor active false

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