How to Ubuntu 10.04 Window buttons on the right

The new theme and lay out on Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx introduced a new annoyance. When you open an application window, the minimize, maximize and close buttons are now on the left. This is easily fixed with one command in the terminal:

Place just the buttons on the right:

gconftool-2 --set /apps/metacity/general/button_layout --type string “:maximize,minimize,close,”

If you also want the menu button on the left:

gconftool-2 --set /apps/metacity/general/button_layout --type string “menu:maximize,minimize,close,”

Not sure why the devs decided to go all Mac on us, but there you go, all easy to fix.

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6 thoughts on “How to Ubuntu 10.04 Window buttons on the right

  1. Well, that's almost right. You'll get a whining error about the path not starting with a “/”. Correctly execute it with the following command instead:

    gconftool-2 –set /apps/metacity/general/button_layout –type string “:maximize,minimize,close”

  2. I stand corrected. That doesn't get the close button to work. Instead, you'll want this:

    gconftool-2 –set /apps/metacity/general/button_layout –type string :minimize,maximize,close

  3. I had to remove the first set of quotes, otherwise it's totally perfect,
    Thank you!!!

    gconftool-2 –set /apps/metacity/general/button_layout –type string “:maximize,minimize,close”

  4. The command that worked for me:

    gconftool-2 –set /apps/metacity/general/button_layout –type string “,menu:maximize,minimize,close,”

    Without the comma before “menu”, the menu button would not be displayed.

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