Just installed Ubuntu 11.10 (AMD64), and immediately switched back to GNOME with GNOME Fallback.

I'm searching for a feature which provided a "maximise" button in every window, even ones which should have only the "close" button.

In older Ubuntu versions this feature was activated when switching from "None" to "Normal" in "Visual Effects":

Screen shot of older desired functionality

But now, that window is out, and I can't find that feature. I guess it's somewhere in CompizConfig, but I've searched there with no result.

Does anyone know what's the feature I'm searching for?

  • If you don't want desktop effect at login select gnome classic – Engels Peralta Nov 16 '11 at 19:38
  • This isn't a compiz thing it's a gnome3/shell/mutter thing, so I've retagged your question – Jorge Castro Nov 16 '11 at 20:02
  • @EngelsPeralta That is what he's using. – Christopher Kyle Horton Nov 16 '11 at 20:08
  • yeah my bad sorry – Engels Peralta Nov 16 '11 at 20:22

You can set this feature with gconf-editor:

  1. Hit Alt+F2 and type gconf-editor
  2. Use the left tree view to navigate to apps -> metacity -> general -> button_layout or hit Ctrl+F and enter button_layout.
  3. You see several settings in the right top window. Click right of button_layout. Now enter close,maximize:
  4. Your settings are automatically saved when you leave the text field.
  5. Now you should have a close and maximize button on every window (But when the developer of some interface didn't want to have a maximize button, there is no way to put one there).

If you also want a minimize button, type close,minimize,maximize: at point 3 above.

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