In 10.04 using the Gnome desktop, the buttons to minimize, maximize, and close a window moved from the right side of the screen to the left. Being right-handed, it feels unnatural to have the buttons on the left, so I want to move them back. Trevor has the solution:
- Open gconf-editor, either from the command line or by pressing Alt-F2 and typing it in the box.
- Click on the + sign next to Apps.
- Scroll down on the left-hand-side until you find metacity. Click on the + beside it.
- Click on the folder labeled general.
- On the right-hand-side, find the label button_layout. Double-click it.
- In the box that appears, type :minimize,maximize,close. Order is important. The colon divides the left-hand side from the right. So if you wanted the close button on the right and the rest on the left, you'd type minimize,maximize:close.
- Click OK and you're done.
If you want to edit things by hand, it looks as though the appropriate place is the file $HOME/.gconf/apps/metacity/general/%gconf.xml, which should look something like this:
<?xml version="1.0"?> <gconf> <entry name="button_layout" mtime="1273837457" type="string"> <stringvalue>:minimize,maximize,close</stringvalue> </entry> </gconf>
Although there may be other entries between the gconf lines.