Until Ubuntu 9.10 everybody was used to a button layout similar to MS Windows, with minimize, maximize and close button in the top right of every window. Due to some recent design decisions made by canonical these buttons were moved to the top left side, as on MAC OS. This HowTo covers how to get the buttons back to the right side with gconf-editor.
1. Start gconf-editor
Open up a console or press [Alt]+[F2], type in gconf-editor and hit enter.
2. Find the right key
Either navigate to /apps/metacity/general/button_layout or search for it by pressing [Alt]+[F] and enter the search term button_layout. Make sure to tick the box for "Search also in key names" to be able to find it.
3. Change it back to what you are used to
If you'd like to have your button layout to look like this
do the following:
- double-click on the field next to "button_layout" in the middle-/above- right section of the gconf-editor window
- enter the following: menu:minimize,maximize,close
- be sure to copy paste the complete text, especially the colon and the commas are important. To understand the syntax look underneath.
- pressing enter or clicking somewhere else should instantly show the changes, if not check that it looks like this:
4. Changing the button layout to what you want
As you can probably imagine by having tried this, it is pretty easy to change the button layout to whatever you want, the only necessary thing is to understand the syntax, which is pretty easy.
- the configuration is diveded in a left and a right part, seperated by a colon (:).
- the 'commands' possible to use are: menu, minimize, maximize, spacer, close
- make sure you don't add a blank space between anything
- with this you can just play around to get what you find best, especially inserting "spacer" somewhere does a lot.