[kde-linux] Anyway to have KDE hide mouse pointer when keyboard in use?

david gnome at hawaii.rr.com
Fri Jul 27 08:00:54 UTC 2007

dick wrote:
> James Richard Tyrer wrote:
>> Boyd Stephen Smith Jr. wrote:
>>> On Thursday 26 July 2007, James Richard Tyrer <tyrerj at acm.org> wrote 
>>> about 'Re: [kde-linux] Anyway to have KDE hide mouse pointer when keyboard 
>>> in	use?':
>>>> david wrote:
>>>>> I once used a Mac on which the mouse pointer politely disappeared
>>>>> while you were using the keyboard. Can I get the same functionality in
>>>>> KDE?
>>>> This sounds like an interesting idea.  However, I think that it would be
>>>> X11 that would have to do this since it controls the mouse and keyboard
>>>> when you are running in graphics mode.
>>> Well, konsole is smart enough to hide mouse cursors that are over it while 
>>> you are typing into it.  (So, what the OP wants is most likely possible.) 
>>> However, if you move keyboard focus off the main widget (e.g. into the 
>>> toolbar) the mouse pointer comes back.
>> Konsole is an Xterm clone and it emulates text mode.  Note that it has a 
>> text mode mouse pointer which and only be used for limited purposes.
>> The question here is whether KWin can do what you want which is to 
>> change the mouse pointer to a transparent blank when it hasn't been used 
>> for a certain length of time.
> In Debian, at least, there is a package called unclutter that does this.
> I don't believe it's part of KDE though.

Thank you, I just installed it and it works just fine.

Another thing I noticed is that there's a setting in Control Center that 
controls whether or not the system highlights menu items that are under 
the mouse. I'm going to see how unclutter works before I tweak that - I 
like having menu items highlight.

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