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The Little Things – unclutter April 4, 2007

Posted by amazingrando in Linux Tips.

One thing that bugs me in Windows or in Ubuntu is when the cursor (pointer, I bar, etc.) is in the way of what I’m looking at on the screen. When I’m not moving the mouse, it should disappear until the mouse is moved again.

The Debian (on which Ubuntu is based) Package of the Day posted a great little app for just this called unclutter. Check out the details, or if you’re lazy, just do the following from the terminal:

sudo apt-get install unclutter

unclutter &

You should also add this to your startup. In Ubuntu (which uses Gnome), go:

System -> Preferences -> Sessions

Click New and then give it a name like Unclutter and put unclutter & in the command box, then click Ok. That’s it. It’ll load the next time Ubuntu starts.




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