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Is there a way to get rid of the minimize button when the window is maximized? I've already gone into gconf-editor /apps/metacity/general/button_layout and changed "close,minimize,maximize" to "close,maximize" but that doesn't affect the buttons when windows are maximized.

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I believe that when maximised, the Window buttons are being drawn by Compiz, not Metacity. – Dominic Jordan Hasford Sep 27 '12 at 5:35
That could be, but I couldn't find it there either :( – twoerd Sep 30 '12 at 22:26
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No; Unity does not support customizing the layout of the buttons in the panel.

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If you use Ubuntu 12.04, go to the dconf-editor.

Navigate to org -> gnome -> desktop -> wm -> preferences and in the right-hand-side panel select button-layout, remove minimize and press Enter.

Then your minimize button must be disappeared. Is that what you mean?

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