I switched from Unity to Gnome Shell in Ubuntu. Now Chrome has the buttons on the left side, but I want them on the right. How can I fix this without switching to the system titlebar?

I also tried gconf-editor and modifying apps>metacity>general>button_layout, but that doesn't make any difference.

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if you use

gconftool-2 --set /apps/metacity/general/button_layout --type string ":minimize,maximize,close"

You'll keep all the buttons


That works for me in Gnome Shell and Chrome 15.0.874.120. Try from the command line:

gconftool-2 --set /apps/metacity/general/button_layout --type string ":minimize,maximize,close"

You alternatively make chrome use the system theme in options under appearance. This is for people who are still searching for how to make chrome take on a more native appearance.


Works only for all metacity windows, but not for the integrated in new Chrome buttons... To make it work, just need to check the option to see title bar in the browser's settings..

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    It works for me with the integrated buttons.
    – Asa Ayers
    Mar 21, 2012 at 14:35

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