Window buttons at Ubuntu Lucid – Round 2

Terrifying. With every Ubuntu installation I have been able to convince my window buttons to take the position on the right side of the screen via my instructions from here. Now, after an upgrade from Ubuntu 12.04 to Ubuntu 12.10, they were left again. Stupid thing: The old manual doesn’t work anymore!

For all frustrated users, here’s the command to straighten them out:

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.wm.preferences button-layout ‘:minimize,maximize,close’

Window buttons at Ubuntu Lucid

As far as new Ubuntu versions are concerned, I am a very brave person. Therefore, a few days ago I updated my netbook to the Alpha6 of the new Ubuntu Lucid. The first impression was very positive after the reboot was completed, but the only negative aspect that came into play was probably the only one, but it was very annoying: The artwork team decided to display the buttons for minimizing, maximizing and closing on the left side of the windows by default. For someone who has always been used to finding these buttons on the right since he started using his PC, this is an unpleasant experience. Again and again, the mouse moves up to the right – to click into the void.

So I started looking for ways to move these buttons to the right again. Here is the solution how it works:

In the gconf-editor tool, there is a key with the name button_layout in the category /apps/metacity/general. The value of this is set to maximize, minimize, close:. By adjusting this value you can influence the position of the variant I am using: minimize, maximize, close, but everybody can decide for himself. Click on each window again, then all the new settings should have been applied.


I had this problem once again, but the instructions don’t work anymore. For a new tutorial see here.