Thursday, May 23, 2013

Move the window controls to the left in Chrome on Ubuntu

I regularly switch between using Mac's and Linux machines at home and at work and as such I like to keep my window controls consistent across machines.

My home machine is a Mac running OSX 10.08 and my work Laptop runs Ubuntu Linux 13.04 with Gnome Shell. Both of these desktops have their window controls on the left in the same order:

OSX 10.8

Ubuntu 13.04 + Gnome Shell

This is all nice and harmonious until I install my preferred browser, Google Chrome, on Ubuntu. Chrome places its window controls on the right as per the MS Windows layout. 

Google Chrome + Ubuntu 13.04 + Gnome Shell (Default)

To resolve this you can change the default configuration exposed by Chrome by entering the following command at the terminal:

$ gconftool-2 --set /apps/metacity/general/button_layout --type string "close,minimize,maximize:"

To re-load the configuration you'll need to start a new desktop session (log out or restart). Once this is done your chrome window controls will fit in with the rest of your system.

Google Chrome + Ubuntu 13.04 + Gnome Shell (Modified)

I know I'll want to do this again some time and am writing this here for my own reference, hopefully someone else finds it useful also.

7 comments:

Matrix0027 said...

Thank you for this! It worked perfectly on Zorin-OS 7 (based on Ubuntu 13.04). I was going nuts trying to fix this.

actionless said...

doesn't helped in openbox :(

Jonas Groß said...

thx

shantanu said...

It works.. thanks

Unknown said...

Good one :)

Matthew Faulconer said...

thx!

András Rácz said...

great! didn’t even need to restart anything! (Ubuntu 14.04LTS, Unity)

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