I have installed Ubuntu Gnome 14.04

The problem is :

Nautilus(I think it called "Files" in gnome-shell) has no Minimize/Maximize button !

I have enabled gnome-tweak-tool -> Windows -> Maximized/Minimized, but Nautilus has not Minimize/Maximize buttons!

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Any ideas?

  • did you follow this workaround askubuntu.com/questions/125765/…
    – JoKeR
    Jun 11, 2014 at 9:37
  • Yes I did, but problem doesn't solved Jun 11, 2014 at 9:45
  • I just logged into Gnome-shell using dconf as instructed in answer 2 works right away. Oh yeah, pardon, but you meant Nautilus also :-) let me check next
    – JoKeR
    Jun 11, 2014 at 9:48
  • I exactly did instructed in answer 2 it works fine for all windows but nautilus ! Jun 11, 2014 at 9:51
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    You can always press Alt+ Space to bring up window menu, and select minimize.
    – No Time
    Dec 15, 2014 at 2:55

5 Answers 5


hm... Actually there's an option for minimize/maximize it's kinda hidden, when you click on nautilus top panel you get:

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I'll add more solutions, when/if I find.

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    I know that, not interesting... Jun 11, 2014 at 10:18
  • oh :-) ok, I didn't know you already know that.
    – JoKeR
    Jun 11, 2014 at 10:18
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    so, I did some deep research including Gnome official sources, and currently it's not possible to do with Gnome 3.10+ only the way like on the screenshot, not even adding extensions will help you to add minimize/maximize buttons. Only if you install/replace to other file browser. I guess this be fixed but it's a question to Gnome developers.
    – JoKeR
    Jun 11, 2014 at 13:51

Solved mine with

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.wm.preferences button-layout ":minimize,maximize,close"

gsettings is a command line tool, by using it we are setting the property of desktop window manager's button layout to ":minimize,maximize,close" which will then have all three buttons instead of only close i.e a cross button

  • A little explanation would be useful. What does the command do, why it will work..etc.
    – Ron
    Jan 26, 2016 at 17:51
  • Worked. Quick add: gsettings get org.gnome.desktop.wm.preferences button-layout to show what you currently have
    – savageGoat
    Sep 2, 2022 at 10:07

So I just noticed that you used tweak tool but didn't notice you are asking about Nautilus. As far as I know after I did some research before that you can't do that. You can look on this extension or you can try Nemo. I personally use keyboard shortcuts to navigate.

  • window placement has nothing to do with buttons:-)
    – JoKeR
    Jun 11, 2014 at 13:47
  • I use native windows placement plus keyboard shortcuts and I never felt like I need these buttons :p I already said with Nautilus it can't be done in Gnome 3 ;)
    – OdinRW
    Jun 12, 2014 at 0:08
  • Apparently your research is 3 hours late than my answer :p
    – OdinRW
    Jun 12, 2014 at 0:09

Install Elementary theme (ftom Elementary OS). This will move close button to the left corner and appear maximize in right.

You will get like this:

But if you select other themes after Elementary theme, layout don't save and will back to default in the next log in. I think, it possible to copy layput settings from Elementary theme and put it in any other.


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On 20.04

Change or remove the shortcut for settings->toggle maximization state

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