[HOWTO] Enable Maximize, Minimize buttons on the title bar in Gnome 3 Gnome-Shell (Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot)

I have just installed Gnome 3 in Ubuntu 11.10 Onieric Ocelot. In Gnome-Shell interface, there are no title bar controls for minimize, maximize/restore. To enable them, open up the terminal and type in (or copy/paste) the following command:

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

Now, press Alt+F2, type in “r” without quotes and press enter. This will reload Gnome-Shell and the changes will come into effect.

Note: The above will set the buttons in left side as in Ubuntu default theme (or Mac OS X). To place them in the right (like Gnome 2 default, Windows), use the following command instead:

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

Hope this helps.

  • Snarfeler12

    Awesome! Thanks!

    • SANTU

      Great man!!!! It Works!

      • Sanalmadatheth

         it works thanks

  • Arwin Adriano

    Thanks for the tutorial, it awesomely works!

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  • Carlos F.

    Great, it Works!! thank you!

  • Tarikdemirci

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  • Mr X

    thanx a lot, worked as aspected…

  • Rahul Tm

    Thanks! Worked like a charm! 🙂

  • durkie

    Me thinks it no longer works. Instead I needed gnome-tweak-tool -> Shell -> Arrangement of buttons in the title bar -> All

  • etearhos

    gnome-tweak-tool -> Shell -> Arrangement of buttons in the title bar -> All, worked immediately. Thanks

  • sumi

    I am using ubuntu 12.10 and gnome3. It only display the close button on the right side but not display the maximize and minimize buttons. help me out please

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