[Users] [Bug 3779] mouse cursor/pointer disappears forever, in compose window

Michael Schwendt bugs.michael at gmx.net
Sun Mar 12 11:13:16 CET 2017

On Fri, 10 Mar 2017 12:38:54 -0500, Steve Litt wrote:

> > > When composing a message, the mouse cursor disappears as soon as
> > > one starts to type.    
> > 
> > That's normal. Other editors, such as GEdit or Emacs, do that, too,
> > so the cursor doesn't disturb your view. Simply moving the mouse
> > makes the pointer reappear.  
> If this disappearing mouse thing is a feature, it's a horrible one
> that, depending on the software's definition of "not moving", can make
> it impossible to grab small handles in graphics programs. I had that
> problem in Debian for almost 2 years: It finally disappeared when I
> switched to Void Linux.

Simply touching the mouse in a way that _would_ move it by 1 mm or so
would display the mouse pointer again. Sensitivity of most mouse devices
is high enough for that. As soon as you put back your hand onto the mouse,
the pointer would reappear already.

> I just observed mouse behavior in the Compose window while I'm typing.
> I have the same thing. After 10 or 20 seconds of non-movement, it
> disappears.

That's odd. As soon as you start keyboard typing, mouse pointer is hidden.
If not typing or not using the mouse, not much will happen. Here only
the blinking of the text input cursor stops after some time and continues
again when typing.

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