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How may I move window icons to the left in Gnome 3.14 under Ubuntu 15.04? This question has been asked before, but considerably older versions of Ubuntu and Gnome.

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  • They are already there. I don't want to bring 'em back. – empedokles Aug 3 '15 at 19:35
  • Read my answer and you would see, that there is described how you can move the icons at the left side and so on. – A.B. Aug 3 '15 at 19:38
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In a terminal:

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

$ gsettings set org.gnome.settings-daemon.plugins.xsettings overrides "{'Gtk/DecorationLayout':<'close,minimize,maximize:'>}"
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    The second line is what did the trick for me. Using gnome-tweaks i could set the window icons to the left for most apps, but not the gnome ones. – defuzed Nov 1 '18 at 15:10

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