Alt-tab causes mouse cursor to disappear

Bug #830121 reported by The Fiddler on 2011-08-20
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Bug Description

When I press alt-tab on the keyboard (getting the brand new alt-tab prompt), my mouse cursor disappears and the mouse becomes unusable for as long as the prompt is visible (no click, no movement, no nothing). This is highly confusing - I expect the mouse to be there and visible so I can click application icons inside the alt-tab prompt.

I do that regularly when I have multiple (> 5) applications open, since alt-tab + mouse click is faster than tab-cycling through all icons one by one.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 11.10
Package: unity 4.8.2-0ubuntu4
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 3.0.0-8.11-generic 3.0.1
Uname: Linux 3.0.0-8-generic x86_64
NonfreeKernelModules: nvidia
Architecture: amd64
CompizPlugins: [core,bailer,detection,composite,opengl,decor,mousepoll,vpswitch,regex,animation,snap,expo,move,compiztoolbox,place,grid,imgpng,gnomecompat,wall,ezoom,workarounds,resize,fade,unitymtgrabhandles,scale,session,unityshell]
Date: Sat Aug 20 19:02:11 2011
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 11.04 "Natty Narwhal" - Release amd64 (20110427.1)
ProcEnviron:
 PATH=(custom, no user)
 LANG=el_GR.UTF-8
 SHELL=/bin/bash
SourcePackage: unity
UpgradeStatus: Upgraded to oneiric on 2011-08-20 (0 days ago)

The Fiddler (stapostol) wrote :
Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
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Mouse clicking to click on application icons isn't implemented yet, so
at the moment we're disabling all mouse input.

On Sun, Aug 21, 2011 at 12:06 AM, The Fiddler <email address hidden> wrote:
> Public bug reported:
>
> When I press alt-tab on the keyboard (getting the brand new alt-tab
> prompt), my mouse cursor disappears and the mouse becomes unusable for
> as long as the prompt is visible (no click, no movement, no nothing).
> This is highly confusing - I expect the mouse to be there and visible so
> I can click application icons inside the alt-tab prompt.
>
> I do that regularly when I have multiple (> 5) applications open, since
> alt-tab + mouse click is faster than tab-cycling through all icons one
> by one.
>
> ProblemType: Bug
> DistroRelease: Ubuntu 11.10
> Package: unity 4.8.2-0ubuntu4
> ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 3.0.0-8.11-generic 3.0.1
> Uname: Linux 3.0.0-8-generic x86_64
> NonfreeKernelModules: nvidia
> Architecture: amd64
> CompizPlugins: [core,bailer,detection,composite,opengl,decor,mousepoll,vpswitch,regex,animation,snap,expo,move,compiztoolbox,place,grid,imgpng,gnomecompat,wall,ezoom,workarounds,resize,fade,unitymtgrabhandles,scale,session,unityshell]
> Date: Sat Aug 20 19:02:11 2011
> InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 11.04 "Natty Narwhal" - Release amd64 (20110427.1)
> ProcEnviron:
>  PATH=(custom, no user)
>  LANG=el_GR.UTF-8
>  SHELL=/bin/bash
> SourcePackage: unity
> UpgradeStatus: Upgraded to oneiric on 2011-08-20 (0 days ago)
>
> ** Affects: unity (Ubuntu)
>     Importance: Undecided
>         Status: New
>
>
> ** Tags: amd64 apport-bug oneiric running-unity
>
> --
> You received this bug notification because you are a member of Unity
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> https://bugs.launchpad.net/bugs/830121
>
> Title:
>  Alt-tab causes mouse cursor to disappear
>
> Status in “unity” package in Ubuntu:
>  New
>
> Bug description:
>  When I press alt-tab on the keyboard (getting the brand new alt-tab
>  prompt), my mouse cursor disappears and the mouse becomes unusable for
>  as long as the prompt is visible (no click, no movement, no nothing).
>  This is highly confusing - I expect the mouse to be there and visible
>  so I can click application icons inside the alt-tab prompt.
>
>  I do that regularly when I have multiple (> 5) applications open,
>  since alt-tab + mouse click is faster than tab-cycling through all
>  icons one by one.
>
>  ProblemType: Bug
>  DistroRelease: Ubuntu 11.10
>  Package: unity 4.8.2-0ubuntu4
>  ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 3.0.0-8.11-generic 3.0.1
>  Uname: Linux 3.0.0-8-generic x86_64
>  NonfreeKernelModules: nvidia
>  Architecture: amd64
>  CompizPlugins: [core,bailer,detection,composite,opengl,decor,mousepoll,vpswitch,regex,animation,snap,expo,move,compiztoolbox,place,grid,imgpng,gnomecompat,wall,ezoom,workarounds,resize,fade,unitymtgrabhandles,scale,session,unityshell]
>  Date: Sat Aug 20 19:02:11 2011
>  InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 11.04 "Natty Narwhal" - Release amd64 (20110427.1)
>  ProcEnviron:
>   PATH=(custom, no user)
>   LANG=el_GR.UTF-8
>   SHELL=/bin/bash
>  SourcePackage: unity
>  UpgradeStatus: Upgraded to oneiric on 2011-08-20 (0 days ago)
>
> To manage not...

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Didier Roche (didrocks) on 2011-09-30
Changed in unity:
status: New → Confirmed
Nikolaus Filus (nfilus) wrote :

Somehow I'm under the impression that it already was possible to use the mouse with the new alt-tab switcher ....
This is very limiting in cases where more than 3 applications are open .... I often cycle 1 app too far and have to re-run the full cycle again to get to the right app. And NO, alt+shift+tab is not an option as it is a fingerbreaking key combo on most notebook keyboards.

Nikolaus Filus (nfilus) wrote :

Ah BTW: related to Bug #824965

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