How to Show Mouse Pointer Location in Ubuntu Linux

This post describes steps one can take to show the mouse pointer location using the CTRL key in Ubuntu Linux.

If you’re having hard time finding the mouse pointer on your screen, you may want to try this trick.

Ubuntu Linux comes with a standard mouse pointer size and color, which is small and black. The default small size usually isn’t helpful especially for people with poor vision.

With the use of wide screens and higher resolutions, it can be difficult to spot the mouse pointer across bigger areas of the screen, or even double screens.

Showing the pointer location on the screen may also be helpful, and the steps below show you how to do that.

How to find your mouse pointer fast on Ubuntu Linux

Windows 11 gives you a fast way to find your mouse pointer by circling it when you hit the CTRL key. Here’s how to set it up.

Ubuntu Linux has a centralized location for majority of its settings. From system configurations to creating new users and updating, all can be done from the System Settings panel.

Alternatively, click on the System menu at the top-right corner of the top bar on your desktop.

On the System menu, select Settings as highlighted below.

In the Settings app, click on Accessibility tile to open the panel.

In the System Settings -> Accessibility panel, under Pointing & Clicking, toggle the Locate Point button to the On position to enable.

To disable, toggle the switch back to the Off position.

Now when you hold down the CTRL key, it will show the location of the pointer or cursor.

That should do it! You can now close the Settings app.


This post showed you how to enable or disable Locate Pointer in Ubuntu Linux. If you find any error above or have something to add, please use the comment form below.