Monday, June 21, 2010

Change buttons from left to right in Ubuntu 10.04

When I first ran Ubuntu 'Lucid Linx 10.04' inside Virtual Box, i was really surprised of all the new features and look of the newest OS from Canonical... but hey, wait a minute, where the heck did my window buttons go? Why in the world did they move them to the left on this release? Probably a lot of you asked the same question, is this some kind of Mac-feeling-joke? I want to use Linux, not Mac, and for Google's sake i sure want my window buttons ON THE RIGHT SIDE AGAIN!!!!!
So here comes the solution, please notice that i'm a Kubuntu user and i ran the Ubuntu release inside a virtual machine, so there may be differences or this may not work at all for you, use at your own risk!!
First thing to do is open a terminal, either though your start menu or with Alt+F2 and execute this command (without the '<>' of course, you can also copy and paste it if you're too lazy to type)
< gconftool -s /apps/metacity/general/button_layout -t string menu:minimize,maximize,close >
After this your buttons should automagically be back on the right side of the screen.


  1. Hey, thanks for this information, this mac-looklike design was freaking me out :-)

  2. Hey you're welcome, like i said i'm a kde user but i thought this would make life easier to a lot of gnome users that are used to the 'right' way :-)