Move Window Buttons ‘Min, Max, Close’ to Left in Ubuntu 18.04

May 1, 2018 — 3 Comments

gnome shell

For Ubuntu 16.04 users who are accustomed to have window buttons ‘minimize, maximize, close’ on the left side, this quick tutorial will show you how to change window buttons position after installed or upgraded to Ubuntu 18.04 LTS.

1. To get started, open Ubuntu Software, search for and install Gnome Tweaks.

2. Then launch the Gnome Tweaks, and navigate to Windows tab. At the bottom, you can see the toggle to change the titlebar buttons placement.

That’s it. Enjoy!

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3 responses to Move Window Buttons ‘Min, Max, Close’ to Left in Ubuntu 18.04

  1. Fabiano Bovo May 3, 2018 at 7:28 pm

    You can also use gsettings on the Terminal with commands:

    To move left:
    gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.wm.preferences button-layout ‘minimize,maximize,close:’

    To move right:
    gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.wm.preferences button-layout ‘:minimize,maximize,close’

    Look that the ponctuation mark : is the delimiter. You can also split buttons:

    gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.wm.preferences button-layout ‘minimize,maximize:close’

    This will place Minimize and Maximize to the left and Close to the right.

  2. I literally let out a sign of relief once this was configure.
    Knew I’d seen it somewhere but couldn’t remember where – thank you!

  3. The fact that this still isn’t an option in the default setting application baffles me.

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