How to add the Minimize and Maximize buttons to GNOME 3 in 11.10

OK, one thing I didn’t like about the GNOME 3 interface in Ubuntu 11.10 was the lack of a minimize and maximize button at the top of every window … there is a “close” button, but minimize and maximize had to be done by right clicking the window’s title bar.

OK, now to put them back where they should be …

First you’ll need to install gconf-editor so open a terminal and enter:

sudo apt-get install gconf-editor

Now go to the Activities screen (move mouse to top left corner of screen) … search for gconf-editor, and launch it.

In the left-hand column of gconf-editor, navigate to desktop > gnome > shell > windows

Now in the right-hand panel of gconf-editor, double click the button_layout value and change it from its default value of
to a new value of
make sure you hit the “enter” key after editing so the new value gets saved … see picture below.

Visually double-check the value … then log off and on again for the changes to take effect :slight_smile:

Of Course for those who want a Mac-like feel they can do:


Well you could try … but unless you change the spelling to

you’ll only end up with a bclose[/b] button (again) :wink:


Yeh, don’t you just hate the AmericaniZation of of the English language :wink:

I guess that’s what we get for being on the other side of the pond. :stuck_out_tongue:

Nah, it’s the Americans that are on the other side of the pond … but it’s our own damn fault for using the Americanisms.