how to change windows buttons layout in ubuntu 10.10

After installing Ubuntu 10.10 or it’s previous version 10.04 LTS, did you notice the windows button layout? It’s there in upper left corner(not in right,as expected) but most of the people who have any experience with windows based operating would like to have in upper right corner.Some users use windows and ubuntu in dual boot so if they are using both windows and ubuntu,then also they need to have windows buttons in right corner.So this post will explain you how to move the windows buttons to right in Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat /10.04 Lucid Lynx.This can be easily done by editing the preferences in GNOME configuration Editor(gconf-editor).

How to Move Windows buttons to Right

#1 : Hit ALT+F2 to open the Run Apps Dialog then enter ‘gconf-editor’ in text entry box and click on run button.

gconf-editor-ubuntu-1010

configuration-editor

#2 : Click on Apps –> Metacity –> General and select Button_Layout Field.

windows-button-settings

#3 : Then double click on value field to edit.The Default setting has the value

        maximize,minimize,close:

 button-layout    

Then change it to something like this(and hit Enter to save)

    menu:maximize,minimize,close

you can alter the arrangement of maximize,minimize or close according to your need.So after changing the value field it will look something like this,

button-right

The buttons position will change immediately,when you will hit enter.That’s all …I hope you got your windows buttons back in Right.

What is your Opinion about the look and feel of Ubuntu 10.10 ?? I would appreciate if you will express your opinion through comments.

  • A Sivakumar

    Thank you dude. I found this very useful.

    However menu:minimize,maximize,close: did not bring up the “X” – close button alone (for some reason). So I added the ‘close’ value twice -> menu:minimize,maximize,close,close: and it worked for me.

    Thank you once again for sharing your knowledge. Makes us customize our favorite operating system the way we want it to be. :)

    • http://www.sudobits.com rkjha

      …thanks Mr. Sivakumar …

    • JoeR

      I had the same problem. I found that removing the last semicolon made it work fine – menu:minimize,maximize,close

      The semicolon seems to be a separator for the placement, left and right.

  • King

    Please see the instruction carefully.
    menu:minimize,maximize,close,close: ==》 menu:minimize,maxmize,close
    without the “:”

  • Arash

    Thanks. Clear and simple instruction that actually works.

  • Dan

    Thank you!!! This was a major annoyance, and your fix works perfectly!

  • robbie

    Thanks!

    Those “misplaced” buttons were driving me crazy :)

    • http://www.sudobits.com rkjha

      welcome! Have fun with Ubuntu!

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