I don’t know why Ubuntu has decided to keep window controls (window controls being the minimize, maximize and close buttons) in the left corner of the window. For some reason, with every release of Ubuntu I expect the window controls to be moved to the right! I keep trying to change my ways but always reach for the right corner when minimizing or trying to close – maximizing I could probably do without!
Ubuntu 12.04 is no different, time to change some settings again…
Gconf-editor allows you to change a lot of settings on your system. I would suggest getting to grips with this tool as you may be able to fix/modify a lot of your Ubuntu gripes here! (But as always be careful!!)
I can’t find gconf-editor?
It may not be installed by default. If not open up a terminal and type/copy in…
sudo apt-get install gconf-editor
After it has finished downloading and installing, you should have your normal prompt in the terminal again (the prompt where you can type without unleashing funky characters!). You can now open gconf-editor by typing/copying…
Now how do I get these buttons on the right?
In the directory tree on the left navigate through the following:
Now in the panel on the right, locate and double click on button_layout
Change the value from “close,maximize,minimize:” to “:minimize,maximize,close” (obviously without the quotes).
Click OK and Ubuntu should apply the changes immediately.
If you think you can do without the maximize button like me, try removing it from the line above and see how you get on!
How do I do this in other versions of Ubuntu?
Though the title of this says it only applies to Ubuntu 12.04, its actually an edit to the configuration of GNOME.
GNOME (or the “GNU Object Model Environment”!) is the default desktop environment in Ubuntu. There are a number of others available. The gconf-editor will work on any OS which is using GNOME, which will be the vast majority of Ubuntu releases.