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OveRisberg-5656 asked ·

Mouse pointer not visible when sharing screen

When sharing my screen in Teams from my Linux machine the other participants can not see my mouse pointer.
This is not a big issue but should be possible to solve. Pidgin-sipe plugin for Pidgin have the same issue.

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MarianJavorkaMSFT answered ·

Thank you for downloading Teams for Linux and providing feedback. We are aware of this limitation and we track it for future improvements.

List of known issues can be found here https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoftteams/known-issues#linux

Cheers!

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Please fix this or recommend a workaround.

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LC-3351 answered ·

I am also interested in a solution / workaround.

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MarekMaterzok-3940 answered ·

I'm interested too. I'm providing classes during the pandemic situation and the missing cursor makes things harder.

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RobertoCarrascoRetamal-4144 answered ·

As a workaround:

  1. create virtual cameras with v4l2loopback

  2. grab your screen with ffmpeg and send the output to a virtual camera

  3. open guvcview or other cam viewer program and move it to the 2nd monitor at full screen

  4. Share your second monitor

Saludos

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bka-4020 answered ·

As an other workaround use oneko. It's really funny. I'm using the following command to tracks the cursor:

oneko -idle 1 -speed 32 -time 51200 -bg magenta -fg orange

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I liked your solution. Sometimes Oneko gets in the way of the cursor though. To fix that I added the option:

-position +20+20


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Jonathan-9196 answered ·

I found a workaround. I installed the following program:

https://github.com/arp242/find-cursor


and I use the command:

find-cursor --repeat 0 --follow --distance 1 --wait 1000 --line-width 18 --size 18 --color green

(within a script called laser_pointer.sh). It creates a solid green circle which follows my mouse and can be seen when sharing a screen on Teams. Note that the laser pointer will lag a bit behind the actual cursor based on --wait 1000. This lag time forces you to move the cursor slowly, ensuring that viewers will see the motion more clearly on their end.

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