I'm currently in the process of trialling Gnomebuntu 13.10 in a virtual machine for web development work with a view to potentially ditching Windows 8.1 for development work in the near future. One of the issues I currently have with Gnome 3.8 is that there are no minimise or maximise buttons by default which screws with my productivity. Is there a way of adding these in? I've already tried the gnome-tweak-tool and there is no clear option to enable this functionality.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.


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From the gnome-tweak-tool, select Shell and look for the option Arrangement of buttons on the titlebar. By default, it's set to Close only, you want to set it to All.

If the effects are not immediately apparent, press F2 and enter r into the command box that appears followed by Enter to restart the Gnome Shell for the new settings to take effect.

  • @jezzipin Glad I could help. If this answers your question, please mark it as accepted so other people know the problem was solved. – Joseph R. Nov 15 '13 at 15:58
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    Will do. Just waiting for the 10 minute timer to count down. – jezzipin Nov 15 '13 at 15:59
  • @jezzipin By the way, I feel sad that you have to transition from Windows to the Gnome Shell. The older version of Gnome was nothing short of glorious. You can still get a taste of it if you choose "Gnome Classic" as your session type during log in. – Joseph R. Nov 15 '13 at 16:00
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    I've used the original Gnome back in the day and loved it. Especially the desktop cube!! Unfortunately we have to move with the times. I hate Unity so want to avoid that like the plague. – jezzipin Nov 15 '13 at 16:03
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    @jezzipin in that case I would recommend avoiding Ubuntu altogether. They have an annoying need to brand their GUIs with (IMO) useless and annoying "features" such as the lack of close buttons. Just use a regular Gnome (or, even better cinnamon) and a different distro. If you want to have something Ubuntu-style without the silly UI tweaks go for Mint. – terdon Nov 15 '13 at 16:15

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