Ubuntu 10.4 Lucid – How To Move the Minimize, Maximize and Close Buttons Back To The Right

In Ubuntu 10.4 the minimize, maximize and close buttons for each window are on the left. Coming from a Windows background this just does not feel right and so I immediately wanted to move these buttons back to the right. Here is how to do it:

Click Applications, then Accessories and then Terminal.

In the terminal type gconf-editor and then press Enter. This will open the Configuration Editor application.

In the left pane click apps, then metacity and then general.

In the right pane right-click the button_layout key and in the context menu click Edit Key. Change the Value to the following and then click OK:

Exit the Configuration Editor – now all of your buttons should be back in the right place!

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20 thoughts on “Ubuntu 10.4 Lucid – How To Move the Minimize, Maximize and Close Buttons Back To The Right

  1. Brilliant! Thanks for posting this, so much more elegant than some of the solutions I found, and I also learnt more about Ubuntu.
    What a daft idea to put the buttons on the left in the first place :-0

  2. Or just execute this in terminal:
    gconftool-2 –type=String –set /apps/metacity/general/button_layout “:minimize,maximize,close”

  3. Thank you for posting this work-around!

    This is why I love Linux — because it is possible to override defaults.

  4. My wife says “Thank you :)”
    We are both tired of Microsoft, so we are trying Ubuntu. So far, so good. The command line is a bear to learn though, but I am getting there thanks to people like you posting helpful information like this.
    Kind regards,

  5. Something worth noting guys. This normally worked like a charm for me until I did a brand new install on another PC, which despite having made the changes in metacity, they would not take place…buttons would not move. Turns out that I happened to try it withOUT the SUDO, just gconf-editor, and worked. I was able to re-create the problem, by retrying with SUDO and changes were not recognized. Not sure what could be causing this but may be related to the user account already being SuperUser or something.

    Just a thought for anyone that may be going through this.

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