In elementary OS, as with Ubuntu and Mac OS X, the close button is on the left.
Can I change this to have the close button on the right?
Here is another approach without installing any additional software. Open a terminal session and run one of the following commands:
gsettings set org.pantheon.desktop.gala.appearance button-layout close:maximize
gsettings set org.pantheon.desktop.gala.appearance button-layout maximize:close
gsettings set org.pantheon.desktop.gala.appearance button-layout :minimize,maximize,close
gsettings set org.pantheon.desktop.gala.appearance button-layout close,minimize,maximize
You have to logout and login or restart to make the changes take effect.
Yes you can. First you need to install
sudo apt-get install dconf-tools
Once it is installed, open it and search for the entry:
There you'll see the dafault setting:
you can switch those as:
to have the close button to the right. You probably need to restart or log off and back in for the changes to take effect.
You could also install elementary-tweaks
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mpstark/elementary-tweaks-daily sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install elementary-tweaks
Open switchboard->Tweaks and change the window buttons there.
Alternatively you can use elementary tweaks (not officially supported but easier to use).
Add Ken Hartley's ppa:
sudo apt-add-repository ppa:justsomedood/justsomeelementary
Don't forget to update
sudo apt-get update
Finally install elementary-tweaks
sudo apt-get install elementary-tweaks
Access elementary tweaks through System Settings (You will have to restart it if you had it open during installation).
General > Appearance tab, the option
Window Controls should allow you to change the close button to the right.
I just installed elementary OS to give it a try. From time to time, I always want to check if there is a real practical alternative (free) to Windows. Every time I've failed. Ubuntu = wrong GUI for my taste, Zorin = good, but utterly useless since has the wi-fi problem - keeps dropping, spent a day to fix it with no use. Now eOS.
All I want to do is to change minimize, maximize, close buttons to the right - windows style, since I do not intend to re-learn muscle memory. I have failed. I am using a Loki (Ubuntu 16.04 LTS xenial). I've tried:
gsettings set org.pantheon.desktop.gala.appearance button-layout :minimize,maximize,closein the console, logged out, restarted etc
dconf-editor, then went to
org > pantheon > desktop > gala > appearance, then changed to
:minimize,maximize,close. logged out, restarted etc
tweakers for this, since everybody are complaining they are system breakers and lack any support.
Can anyone tell me if there is a workaround for this or I'll trow this distro (again) into the abyss?
later: found this. It's a Won't fix for systems based on > Ubuntu 14. There's your answer. Well, goodbye to this distro. Again.