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I'm not running Gnome or Ubuntu,

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But I also want those (minimize, maximze, close) icons to be visible on the left as well, without touching the source code, is there any way to make it work ?

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I prefer the icon s provided by chromium, I uploaded the wrong screenshot, it's updated now !

I'm on XFCE4, Arch Linux

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Hmm, read part of the source code, and I nailed it with a very dirty method, but still looking for other methods ...

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In the case you rely on xfwm as your window manager i don't know if the developers intended to adjust such setting. But if you like mutter, the default window manager of unity it should be no problem to replace xfwm by that. –  user1146332 Sep 6 '12 at 8:47
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Turns out chromium reads about gconf if metacity is the current window manager.

Otherwise it uses a default icon string to build the layout, which is:

:minimize,maximize,close

So, it's impossible.

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Doing this is pretty easy to do in xfce4 as window decorations are handled by xfwm4 which can be configured fairly straight forward.

You go to your Settings Manager->Window Manager and simply rearrange the titlebar items on the left in whatever fashion you want.

PS. The one in Ubuntu supposedly follows the gconf /apps/metacity/general/button_layout key, but I'm on arch too and can't seem to make it work.

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I uploaded the wrong screenshot .. updatd –  warl0ck Sep 6 '12 at 10:07
    
then you might be at a loss, I think they are hardcoded –  vitiv Sep 6 '12 at 10:16
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