In the latest Ubuntu, the team have made the decision to move the window buttons (minimize, maximize and close) from the right to the left. I don’t agree with this change, so thankfully it’s not a difficult one to reverse.
To relocate the buttons back to their rightful place on the right, follow these steps.
If you don’t mind using the command line, this single command will switch the windows back for you, as pointed out by fran in the comments.
gconftool-2 --set /apps/metacity/general/button_layout --type string menu:minimize,maximize,close
Otherwise, you can follow these steps to use a graphical interface
Open gconf-editor by typing
into the terminal
Navigate to /apps/metacity/general
Change the value
in the box labeled “button layout” to
Now, your buttons should be back the way they were in 9.10.