I tried Ubuntu Tweak and dconf-editor but nothing seemed to help. Perhaps if there is an extension for the same, please share if you happen to know this or any other workaround.
I am guessing it has retained the same gconf settings as gnome-shell since it is just a fork of gnome-shell.
So, you can change the window control buttons layout using gconf-editor .
After installing it, press Alt+F2 and enter
Then, move to
All that matters is the position of the
Cinnamon Settings -> Window -> Left Sided Title Bar buttons.
You have to restart cinnamon to see the changes. To do that, hit the ^ button on the panel and find the option under Troubleshoot.
(No need for gconf-editor!!!)
UPDATE FOR 12.10
The other answers didn't work for me in 12.10, so here is how I did it.
There are actually two ways of doing this.
Rearrange the value of
This will move the title buttons from the right side to the left in Cinnamon 1.6.7 and Ubuntu 12.10.
It's in each theme itself. For instance go to usr/themes/Ambiance open the document Ambiance as administrator. At the bottom of the document you'll see this ButtonLayout=close,minimize,maximize:
move the colon to the front of close like this ButtonLayout=:close,minimize,maximize
this one still works.
press alt+f2, go to Apps-metacity-general, edit the "button layout" into this "close,minimize,maximize:"
it will change right away