If you are using Gnome Shell (Gnome 3) on Ubuntu 11.10, you will certainly have noticed that windows are displayed with only the close button, maximize and minimize buttons are missing. If you want to restore them, then follow these instructions:

Install first Gconf-Editor with this command:

sudo apt-get install gconf-editor

Then run this command from the terminal:

gconftool-2 -s -t string /desktop/gnome/shell/windows/button_layout ":minimize,maximize,close"

You can also enable them manually with these steps:

1. Open the gconf-editor and browse to this path:

desktop > gnome > shell > windows

2. On the right pane of the window, change the "button_layout" entry from:




3. Close gconf-editor and log out the current session and log back in. Open any window and you will notice that the maximize and minimize buttons are now visible:

That's it!

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