How To add Minimize/Maximize/Restore Buttons in Gnome3 (Shell)?

This is a major headache for most GNU/Linux users. With the introduction of Gnome3, the developers for some reason have decided not to include the "standard" Maximize/Minimize and Restore buttons. Although you can still maximize by dragging the opened windows to the upper corner in your Gnome shell which can be quite easy to perform if you have a GNU/Linux Tablet PC or "something" that has a touch screen.

But for us the "mouse users" :), still this can be quite annoying and time consuming as well. Canonical also did something similar not that long ago with Ubuntu which can also be fixed, luckily. With Gnome3 again luckily or the developers may have thought it'd be a good idea to give the users the ability to change those buttons (thanks dudes, I guess :/ ), by using the Gnome configuration editor (which "acts" as the desktop settings manager using which we can set individual application settings in Gnome - including the older versions) we can easily fix this.

1. So, if you want to know how to add Minimize/Maximize/Restore buttons in Gnome3 or Shell (I'm using Fedora Core 15) then first we have to install the Gconf-editor using the "yum" app manager. So, open your Terminal in FC15 and enter the below command first.
sudo yum install gconf-editor
2. Once the installation is complete, open "Run" applications window (or use the "ALT" + "F2" keyboard shortcut) and enter the following command =  gconf-editor

3. Now you should be greeted with a settings windows. From that, go to: desktop -> gnome-> shell- > windows

From your right side options double click on "buttons_layouts". Erase it's current text (which should be = :close ) and enter the below code instead.

4. That's it!. If you want to have all the buttons to your left side (like with Ubuntu) then enter the below text instead the above one.
Looking good Homey :)


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