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I recently upgraded from Ubuntu 12.04 to 12.10.

In 12.04, a title bar right-click would cause the menu to popup. After my upgrade right-click shades/unshades the window. I want the previous behavior, so I opened /apps/metacity/general in gconf settings, and saw that 'action_right_click_title_bar' was set to toggle-shade. I switched the value to 'menu', logged out, then logged back in. However, the behavior did not change. I verified that 'action_right_click_title_bar' was still 'menu' (it was). I also tried unsetting the key with no results.

How do I change the behavior to show the menu when the window title-bar is right-clicked?

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I don't know about 12.10, but maybe it's the same as 13.04 ? In 13.04, the schema is :

 org/gnome/desktop/wm/preferences : action-right-click-titlebar
  • You can check the value with:

    gsettings get org.gnome.desktop.wm.preferences action-right-click-titlebar
  • If it's not 'menu', you can set it with:

    gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.wm.preferences action-right-click-titlebar menu
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Thanks! This does work in 12.10. – lreeder Mar 23 '14 at 16:17
Also working for Gnome 3.14 in Debian 8.0 Jessie (testing) – Freefri Nov 4 '14 at 12:25

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