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    HOWTO: Move the Minimize/Maximize/Close Buttons back the Right Side

    If you are like me, you can't stand the new placement of the Minimize, Maximize, and Close buttons.

    Here is a useful how to guide, with screen shots, on how to put them back on the right side:

    http://motersho.com/blog/index.php/2...04-lucid-lynx/

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    Re: HOWTO: Move the Minimize/Maximize/Close Buttons back the Right Side

    Or more simply, change the theme.

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    Re: HOWTO: Move the Minimize/Maximize/Close Buttons back the Right Side

    Quote Originally Posted by antenna View Post
    Or more simply, change the theme.
    Unless you really like the theme but hate the buttons on the left.


    Edit:
    The quickest, easiest way to put the buttons back where they belong is with Ubuntu Tweak...

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    Last edited by Uncle Spellbinder; April 29th, 2010 at 07:33 PM.
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    Re: HOWTO: Move the Minimize/Maximize/Close Buttons back the Right Side

    Quote Originally Posted by Uncle Spellbinder View Post
    Unless you really like the theme but hate the buttons on the left.


    Edit:
    The quickest, easiest way to put the buttons back where they belong is with Ubuntu Tweak...

    Click Image To Enlarge
    Could you then please explain how to install this "Ubuntu Tweak" program? I could not find it in the repository :S

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    Re: HOWTO: Move the Minimize/Maximize/Close Buttons back the Right Side

    Quote Originally Posted by motersho View Post
    If you are like me, you can't stand the new placement of the Minimize, Maximize, and Close buttons.

    Here is a useful how to guide, with screen shots, on how to put them back on the right side:

    http://motersho.com/blog/index.php/2...04-lucid-lynx/
    I had previously moved the buttons back to the right side by changing the colon, but the buttons were in the wrong order. As a result, I kept closing the window when I wanted to maximize it and maximized the window when I wanted to close it. After looking at the how-to, I realized that you can easily reorder the buttons by changing the text. So, all is well.

    Thanks for the post.

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    Re: HOWTO: Move the Minimize/Maximize/Close Buttons back the Right Side

    Another easy way to get the window buttons back on the right and in the standard order is to install the right aligned theme:

    Step-by-step procedure:
    1. Download the modified theme http://people.ubuntu.com/~dylanmccal...e-Right.tar.gz
    2. Open the menu "System" > "Preferences" > "Appearance"
    3. Click the button "Install"
    4. Open the folder "Downloads"
    5. Select the file "Ambience_Radiance-Right.tar.gz"
    6. Click "Open"
    7. Select the new theme "Ambiance-right"

    You then have both the standard unmodified left-aligned theme and the right-aligned theme available and can easily switch back and forth between them with a single click, without adjusting the button position every time.

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    Re: HOWTO: Move the Minimize/Maximize/Close Buttons back the Right Side

    Quote Originally Posted by Uncle Spellbinder View Post
    Unless you really like the theme but hate the buttons on the left.


    Edit:
    The quickest, easiest way to put the buttons back where they belong is with Ubuntu Tweak...

    Click Image To Enlarge
    Wow, that was easy! I like this program.

    And to the person asking where to find it... http://ubuntu-tweak.com/

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    Re: HOWTO: Move the Minimize/Maximize/Close Buttons back the Right Side

    By far the easiest way is to use this python script. Simply download it, change it's permissions to allow executing it, and double click it.



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    Re: HOWTO: Move the Minimize/Maximize/Close Buttons back the Right Side

    Do the following to get the minimize, maximize, and close on the right side in the right order.

    Hit ALT - F2

    Type gconf-editor

    Go to the following:

    apps --> metacity --> general

    Find the button_layout parameter, right mouse click, and select Edit Key

    Change the value to the following:

    :minimize,maximize,close

    Don't forget the colon on the left side of the text.

    You will then have it the way you are used to it.
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    Re: HOWTO: Move the Minimize/Maximize/Close Buttons back the Right Side

    Good tip.

    I personally arrange my buttons differently - with close on the left, and minimize & maximize on the right.

    That makes it less likely you'll accidentally close a window when you meant to maximize it.

    the line in gconf-editor, in this case would be "close:minimize,maximize"

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