How can i set windows control buttons to be windows style (minimize, maximize, close) via command line?

I've tried:

gsettings set org.pantheon.desktop.gala.appearance button-layout :minimize,maximize,close

and it works for Firefox but it doesn't affect elementary OS apps like Files, Music, etc..


1 Answer 1


Install tweaker for Loki:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:philip.scott/elementary-tweaks
sudo apt update
sudo apt install elementary-tweaks

Then Appearance - Windows Controls - Layout (Windows, OS X, etc)

For the latest version of elementary-tweaks look at the github repo https://github.com/pantheon-tweaks/pantheon-tweaks/

  • Note that elementary tweaks has been known in the past to totally trash systems.
    – Lewis Goddard
    Commented Sep 11, 2016 at 13:22

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