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How to Hide the Mouse Pointer (Cursor) to Create a Kiosk or Dashboard

Question sent in by K.G. from New Jersey

Q: I created a system that boots and loads a browser in kiosk mode to show a slideshow in my company office.  Is there a way I can hide the mouse pointer?  It shows up even if I disconnect the mouse.

A: Yes, the easiest way is to install the unclutter package.  Unclutter is a package that will hide the mouse pointer, but it's flexible because all you need to do is move the mouse to show the pointer again.  Another reason why it is so flexible is because it is available for Red Hat, CentOS, Fedora, Ubuntu, Debian, etc...

To install in Ubuntu:

sudo apt-get install unclutter

Once you have the package installed you just need to add one line to a configuration file.

For Ubuntu:

Add the following line to the ~/.config/lxsession/LXDE/autostart file:

unclutter -idle 0
or run the following command, which will add the line for you.

sudo echo "unclutter -idle 0" >> ~/.config/lxsession/LXDE/autostart

Good luck!

See the man pages for a complete list of options, it is a nifty little piece of software.

P.S. This package also comes in RPM flavor for people using Red Hat, CentOS, or Fedora.

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