I was wondering if there is a feature in linux like OSX "shake to locate cursor", which temporarily makes the user's mouse or trackpad cursor much larger when shaken back and forth, making it easier to locate if the user loses track of it.


In Linux Mint (18.1) you can go to Preferences > Mouse and, under Locate Pointer you can check a box that will tell the system to "Show position of pointer when the Control key is pressed".

I'm not sure if something similar is available on other distros.

Not quite what you asked for. Possibly useful?

  • For me, this was not effective when the pointer is over a black background. The "locator" ripples black circles which can't be seen :-( – Stack Underflow May 13 '19 at 19:18

You can do this on any Gnome based distro using dconf (part of GNOME, replacement for GConf) on org.gnome.settings-daemon.peripherals.mouse, parameter locate-pointer.

CLI way

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

GUI way

Open dconf-editor (might be installed first) and go to above path:

dconf-editor screenshot


Even with Ubuntu 16.04 and Nautilus 3.14.3 if I turn on this option I suffer this bug that don't let me copy filenames on Nautilus.


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