Unity window layout

Michael Hall mhall119 at ubuntu.com
Tue Jan 13 19:38:34 UTC 2015

Chrome has a setting to use the system window decorations, which puts
the window controls on the left.

The main reason not to move it is because of the way Unity merges the
window title bar with the top panel for maximized windows. When that
happens, your window controls are still there in the top-left. But if
they were on the right of the window title, they would conflict with the
indicators on the right of the top panel.

Michael Hall
mhall119 at ubuntu.com

On 01/13/2015 02:17 PM, Saurbaum wrote:
> I'm curious about the reasoning behind the decision to restrict the
> window buttons location in Unity.
> It's fine to have a preferred default side to place them on from a
> design perspective, but to actually prevent customisation and lock it
> down seems rather draconian.
> Consider that the layout isn't even reliably enforced on third party
> applications. The two that leap to mine are Steam and Chrome which both
> place their own themed buttons in a Windows layout.
> Personally I would love to use Unity and have the buttons on the right
> of the screen.  It's where my mouse lives most of the time because
> that's where the scroll bar for the windows are.  Having to make my way
> to the left hand edge to close them feels like reaching across myself.
> Ian

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