This post explains how to change the order of the buttons.
Firstly, decide which buttons you want:
- Here are your choices.
- Only the top four are available in every theme. Themes which support all the button types include Crux and Bright.
Take all the names and separate them with commas. However, for the gap in the middle where the title goes, use a colon. Thus for the traditional order:
Now open a terminal, and type:
gconftool-2 --set /apps/metacity/general/button_layout --type string menu:minimize,maximize,close
or whatever order you prefer.
It has also been suggested that we might allow button order to be set by the theme, so the default theme in Lucid has the buttons on the left and the other themes have them in the traditional order.
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