Can you "fix" chrome's close, minimize, maximize buttons so they are on the left, and use ubuntu's theme?

Can you “fix” chrome’s close, minimize, maximize buttons so they are on the left, and use ubuntu’s theme?
I might actually use chrome then.

Asked By: Anon

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I believe there is an option to use “System title bars” under the settings on the “Hamburger Menu” on the upper-right hand corner in Chrome. Navigate to settings, the same screen where you would select for chrome to use the GTK+ theme, and the setting is in there.

As shown in this picture:

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Answered By: Jbuch14

Chrome and Ubuntu (Unity) uses different setting for positioning the window controls. Though Chrome popups always uses the system bars.


For Chrome controls: using gconf-editor create/edit the key button_layout under /apps/metacity/general with value close,minimize,maximize:


For system controls: using dconf-editor create/edit the key button-layout under org.gnome.desktop.wm.preferences with value close,minimize,maximize:

Note: works from 12.04 until 13.10, since 14.04 you can’t change window controls side as stated in this answer.


To use Ubuntu theme use the options under Appearance in Chrome settings as pointed by @Jbuch14. When using system bars you are subjected to the note above.

Answered By: Pedro Sanção

The problem with @Jbuch14 answer is that it adds an extra bar on top of everything, so it’s not a real solution. I dont want any extra bars, I just want Chrome’s own buttons to be at right side. How to do it?

edit: Ok I figured it out! Instead of enabling “use system title bar…”, you DISABLE it, and then run command

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

and voila! No double top bar, and buttons are Windows-style at right.

Answered By: tuoas22
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