When I opened a new window(not maximised) I used to close with the left-top buttons, now they don't exist anymore. To close it I must drag it or maximise it... where the hell did the buttons go!?

A image of the issue: enter image description here

  • What version of Ubuntu are you using, and do the buttons appear if you move the mouse into the top left of the screen (where you would expect to find them)?
    – user2405
    Dec 20 '12 at 18:30

I have had some issues with Compiz and older libs from application causing this issue, I would open terminal and type metacity - -replace & to get my borders back


Try running the following in the terminal:

sudo apt-get remove appmenu-gtk3 appmenu-gtk appmenu-qt

If the problem persists try this:

Install CCSM:

sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager

Open it searching in the Dash for "ccsm", go to Effects category and enable Window Decoration. Restart your system and you should get the buttons back. If it do not work just leave a comment.

  • The problem is not the window borders, if you take a look at the screenshow you will notice there're not the maximise/minimise/close buttons at the top-left corner. Just a note: the mouse is on the top-left corner but the screenshots make the cursor non-visible.
    – Albert
    Dec 20 '12 at 23:53
  • The problem isn't the window borders? In the image I can't see any window border in the window, the buttons aren't supposed to appear on the top-left corner when the window isn't maximized, it is to appear on the window titlebar. Like this: img24.imageshack.us/img24/5491/captura1e.png The close/maximize/minimize buttons will only appear on the top-left corner when the window is maximized: img255.imageshack.us/img255/3369/captura2s.png Dec 21 '12 at 1:13

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