Sunday, May 9, 2010

Ubuntu 10.04 breaking old habits

I updated Ubuntu to the latest 10.04 and the first thing I noticed is that the minimize/maximize/close window buttons were moved from the upper right corner, to the upper left corner. At first, I thought this was not a big deal. But after a few hours, it happens to be really annoying. How can I suddenly break a more than 10 years old habit ? No matter what, I keep looking for these buttons in the upper right corner. I definitely had to put them back to where they belong. How do we do that ?
  1. Open the gconf-editor (Alt+F2 and type gconf-editor)
  2. Search for the apps/metacity/general/button_layout key
  3. Double click it and change it to menu:maximize,minimize,close
  4. Click Ok, and the buttons should be back to the upper right
Another change in the default layout is that the maximize button comes before the minimize button. I didn't even notice it, so I'm fine with the current order.

1 comment:

  1. That was helpful. I guess some habits die hard.