Is there a way to change the location of the minimize/maximize Windows in Lucid?

Tom H tomh0665 at
Wed Jun 23 13:43:13 UTC 2010

On Wed, Jun 23, 2010 at 9:03 AM, Donkey Hottie <donkey at> wrote:
> On 22.6.2010 18:41, Tom H wrote:
>> On Tue, Jun 22, 2010 at 11:35 AM, Maxime Alarie <malarie at> wrote:
>>> I dont  like having them on the left side of the windows..   Im used to
>>> close my windows on the top-right corner…
>> sudo gconftool-2 --set --type=string ":minimize,maximize,close"
>> /apps/metacity/general/button_layout
> Error setting value: Bad key or directory name:
> "menu:minimize,maximize,close": Must begin with a slash '/'
> I even tried
> # gconftool-2 --set --type=string /apps/metacity/general/button_layout
> menu:minimize,maximize,close
> And it does not error, but nothing happens. After a reboot the buttons
> are still in left.


1. Just checked the man page and the "--set" might have to be next to
the "menu...".

2. Thinking about it, you probably need to do this as the logged-in
user and not as root.

$ gconftool-2 /apps/metacity/general/button_layout --type=string --set
$ sudo gconftool-2 /apps/metacity/general/button_layout --type=string
--set "menu:minimize,maximize,close"
# gconftool-2 /apps/metacity/general/button_layout --type=string --set

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