[HOWTO] Enable Maximize, Minimize buttons on the title bar in Gnome 3

Though there are many blog posts available to show how to enable Maximize, Minimize buttons on the title bar in Gnome 3, this post is for my personal reference ;).

As you know, there will be no title bar controls for minimize, maximize/restore. To enable them, open up the terminal and type in (or copy/paste) the following command:

I prefer the buttons to be in right corner.

gconftool-2 –set /desktop/gnome/shell/windows/button_layout –type string :minimize,maximize,close

Now, press Alt+F2, type in “r” without quotes and press enter. This will reload Gnome-Shell and the changes will come into effect.
If you login with fallback mode, you may still find the icons showing at left.

$ sudo apt-get install gconf-editor

Press Alt+F2 to bring up the Run Application dialog box, enter “gconf-editor”

The key that we want to edit is in apps/metacity/general

Change the text in the button_layout key Value text field to:


Phew, We are done.

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