I have recently installed Ubuntu Gnome which has the latest version of Gnome 3 running on it, and I have noticed that on windows there are no minimize buttons, and no maximize buttons, although I can see that you do get the options if you do a right-click. I have already read this question, and its answers, and have found that still none of them answer my question.

So my question is, as made clear in the title, how can I bring back the minimize and maximize buttons? Is this a bug? Or have Gnome decided not to have them?


OS Information:

No LSB modules are available.
Distributor ID: Ubuntu
Description:    Ubuntu 15.04
Release:    15.04
Codename:   vivid
up vote 78 down vote accepted

The command line way

  • add the values at the left side of : for buttons on the left side

    close,minimize,maximize:

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

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  • add the values at the right side of : for buttons on the right side

    :minimize,maximize,close

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

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  • or mix them

    close:minimize,maximize

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

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The GUI way

Start the gnome-tweak-tool, open the Windows tab and switch the buttons for Titlebar Buttons in the right panel

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  • But it doesn't seem to affect Nautilus, at least for me on 14.04. – Dennis Williamson Jul 22 '15 at 20:53
  • OK. I don't know what that means in regard to your answer in relation to what I mentioned. – Dennis Williamson Jul 23 '15 at 5:45
  • Unfortunately, this does not work anymore with Ubuntu 15.10 – jpo38 Mar 15 '16 at 21:13
  • Works on Ubuntu GNOME 15.10 (obviously doesn't work on a stock install ofUbuntu 15.10, since Ubuntu switched to the Unity desktop). Thanks for the tip - have used Xubuntu and Ubuntu ... switched to Ubuntu Gnome, love it, but needed to know where to easily customize the desktop. Thanks! – SRDC Apr 27 '16 at 3:35

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