How can I minimize a window using mouse in PCManFM?

I'm using Elementary Desktop Environment in Ubuntu 12.04


I tried to bring the minimize button back by opening gconf-editor

and change the value of /apps/metacity/general/button_layout from close:maximize to close,minimize:maximize.

Then I logged out and back in, but that change was simply ignored.

Update Again

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And the System settings

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First check if you can see the following button on your windows:

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If so, just click it, because this is the minimize button.

If you could not see this button, you will have to enable this button, so follow this tutorial:

Open the menu (if you are using PCManFM you're probably using Lubuntu):

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Go to "Preferences" > "Customize Look and Feel"

On Customize Look and Feel copy the following configuration:

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Then click "Apply" and close it, so check the changes opening the File Manager (PCManFM in this case).

I hope I helped you.

  • Please see the System settings screenshot, it does not include "Customize Look and Feel" :-( – Mithun Sreedharan Oct 15 '12 at 2:13

I found some thing here

As of Elementary GTK theme 3.0,

  • The default placement is now close:maximize
  • The maximize button has been changed from the "+" (typically used to mean new) to two opposing arrows

The reason for not having minimize button is stated here

  • Finally got it, Use middle/scroll mouse button to minimize the window – Mithun Sreedharan Oct 15 '12 at 4:35

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