Move Ubuntu 10.04 Window Buttons from Left to Right

Move Ubuntu 10.04 Window Buttons from Left to Right with 1 Command: Perhaps the most annoying thing about Ubuntu 10.04 “Lucid Lynx” is the right-to-left window buttons (Minimize, Maximize and Close buttons) switch. The change has caused a lot of confusions, anger, and criticisms from even the most loyal Ubuntu enthusiasts.

I personally wasn’t happy about it not really because Ubuntu was trying to be like Mac OS X, but mainly because I’m just not used to having those pesky buttons at the left side. I know a lot of those who have just upgraded or installed Ubuntu 10.04 feel the same way too and would immediately want to move the window buttons back to where they belong, so allow me to help you with the simplest way possible.

Here’s how you can move the window buttons of Ubuntu 10.04 from left to right using a one-liner:

Run Application Dialog (Alt+F2) or open a terminal and execute this command:

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

That should do the trick. I hope you are happy now and have stopped cursing already


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