Having an issue I am using as raspberry pi 3. I switch to the desktop open up a terminal window and I do not get the entire window. So I can not drag the terminal window nor resize the window. It is stuck at the top left corner of the screen. I open up the browser and I can't move that window either. I can't go back to the terminal window without closing the browser window. I've tried the alt + dragging with the mouse. I've tried going to settings appearance settings and setting it back to default. I've rebooted multiple times. I did the reboot multiple times because it worked once. Then I had to reboot because the pi was frozen. The mouse pointer is also an x. Any other things to try. I am running noobs.

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I think this is the solution: https://www.raspberrypi.org/forums/viewtopic.php?p=1343713

ReddTedd59@ wrote on raspberrypi.org forum

I found a way to fix this the retains all of the custom settings I did with obconf. This differs from the solution of resetting to defaults, which also kills all customization's you may have made.

It seems that obconf and the different raspian panel mod tools all end up deleting the <keyboard> and <mouse> sections from ~/.config/openbox/lxde-pi-rc.xml. Just go grab those two sections from /etc/xdg/openbox/lxde-pi-rc.xml and reinsert them into ~/.config/openbox/lxde-pi-rc.xml.

once you do that logout and back in and there you go mouse works on windows and all of your other customization's are still there too!

Note: The command openbox --reconfigure will reload the config file without you having to logout.


Go to "Set Resolution..." under Raspberry Pi Configuration and see if it's set to default. If it is, change the resolution settings to something like 1920x1080. It will have you reboot. After that, the windows should appear normal again.

  • I ended up reinstalling everything. Jan 17, 2020 at 14:17

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