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.
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,close in 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.