In Elementary, some apps have a close button while others... don't. Why is that? Is that a bug or a deliberate design decision? I can still close the app by right-clicking the title bar and clicking close but that is much more tedious than it needs to be IMO.

For example, please see below picture:

settings window without any close button

  • Just checked to see if I could reproduce the issue and my system settings dialogue has an 'X' close button on the left of the window bar.
    – Sysfu
    Commented Dec 23, 2016 at 17:11
  • @Seth any idea how to diagnose the problem or reset whatever settings apply? This looks like a bug and I'm going to report it shortly. Commented Dec 23, 2016 at 17:52
  • my first troubleshooting step would be to create a new testing user account, and see if you can reproduce using that account. Also try a fresh install of Loki on another computer or VM and see if it occurs there too.
    – Sysfu
    Commented Dec 23, 2016 at 19:48
  • I had a similar idea. I found out that most applications store their settings in the ~/.config folder so I backed it up and then renamed it. After a reboot, I lost all my settings but at least the close buttons returned. Commented Dec 23, 2016 at 19:54

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The issue was due to some settings that got messed up. I cleaned the ~/.config folder (after backing it up of course), and then rebooted. The problem went away. I am still not sure which exact setting was responsible for it.


I'm not exactly sure it will help you or not. Install Tweaks.

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

System Settings-->Tweaks-->Appearance-->Layout

Select an option.

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  • although I did not try elementary-tweaks, I did try and alter the position of close and maximize buttons through command line but that didn't help. Commented Dec 25, 2016 at 14:03

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