Saturday, November 26, 2011

Window buttons on the left side [Xubuntu]

When the Ubuntu developers moved the window buttons to the left side I liked it. Now I am accustomed to move my mouse to the upper left corner and want the same for my Xubuntu configuration.

In Gnome to accomplish such task, one had to open the gconf-editor and change the apps/metacity/general/button_layout key. In XFCE4 is a little more intuitive; you can use drag-and-drop to place the buttons where you want them.

Instructions using CLI

xfconf-query -c xfwm4 -p /general/button_layout -s "CMH|O"

Instructions using GUI

  1. Open "Settings Manager" (Applications Menu > Settings > Settings Manager)
  2. Select "Window Manager"
  3. On "Button layout" section, click and drag the buttons, laying them out as shown in the image below:

Window buttons aligned to the left

If you are not satisfied with the change and want to restore the default layout, proceed as above but arrange the buttons as shown in the image below:

Window buttons aligned to the right


  1. I use Debian Squeeze and I prefer the way it is.

  2. If you are using Chromium/Chrome the buttons still remain at the right. Any advice?

    1. Under "Appearance" settings check "Use system title bar and borders".
      It would be better if there was an option for positioning the buttons on the left; less screen space would be waited.