How can I change the size of the close/restore/maximize/minimize buttons of the windows?

They are too small for me. With a big monitor, it's difficult to position the mouse over them.

Is there a setting or theme or something in Mint or Ubuntu?

I'd really like the buttons to be at least 48 pixels wide. Currently they are ~20 pixels.

  • This possibly could be done by changing/modifying the theme -- have you looked into that as a possibility? – belacqua Jun 28 '13 at 18:31
  • This can be done, by editing some of the code in the Theme file(s) and also the corresponding graphics > /usr/share/themes. Can you give us more information, regarding your OS version and special setup/changes, like gnome-shell etc..?! – v2r Aug 27 '13 at 14:52

This is something which is managed by your theme. The reason for this is because themes use bitmap images which are not scaleable so for each button size a theme author must provide the images which are pre-scaled to that size. I'm not 100% sure but I believe this is something newer themes may be able to get around by using SVG images (but either way this setting will still be in the same place)

If you don't see an option to alter the button size in your theme 'Window Decorations' tab then it won't be available. The best way to get the button size you want is probably going to be to choose a theme you like.

Another alternative which you may or may not prefer is to adjust the DPI settings for your desktop. Unfortunately, you haven't mentioned the desktop you use so I can't really help anymore unless I wanted to list instruction for each desktop (which I don't). If you manage to find this setting though it'll allow you to effectively 'zoom' the entire screen. This will enlarge everything (not just the buttons). Personally, I like to do this because it makes everything nice and big yet the resolution stays high so it is still nice looking.

  • This really does not help as all themes for emerald have tiny buttons. There is no theme which has even small buttons. All tiny. – figtrap Mar 20 '17 at 16:25
  • If you choose a theme which does not allow the buttons to be resized then that is your choice. It is not the case that no theme have this option even if no Emerald themes do. – krowe Mar 20 '17 at 22:22

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