By default settings of elementary OS, you see the “maximize” button on the top right corner of windows and the “Close” button at the extreme left. There is no minimize button, and for some, especially migrating from Windows OS, this could be a frustrating experience.
Also, the extreme left and right buttons of the maximum and the close buttons maybe not everyone’s taste in the first place. In this tutorial, we will help you in putting these things in a convenient location by adding the buttons, including minimizing & maximizing buttons and move them close to the top right corner of the window, just like in the Microsoft Windows.
Adding the Minimize button to elementary OS
For achieving what we are trying to do here, we shall install a handy free tool called “Elementary Tweaks”. It has a myriad of options and has a graphical user interface that should help you configure the settings in a breeze. Let’s get started first by installing the elementary-tweaks tool.
Installing Tweaks on newer elementary OS versions
Launch the Terminal and enter the following commands one-at-a-time, followed by pressing the enter key. You will have to enter the root password and key in “Y” when prompted.
sudo apt install software-properties-common
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:philip.scott/elementary-tweaks
sudo apt install elementary-tweaks
After you are done with installing the “Tweaks” app, head over to the next section of this article, skip the Freya section below.
Installing Tweaks on older elementary OS (Freya & below)
In case you are still on an older version of elementary OS “Freya” or below, you need to do the following steps instead.
Step 1: Add Canonical Partners Repository
Third-party developers provide many of the useful software, and you need to turn on their sources repository in the elementary software updater settings.
Launch ‘AppCenter’ and wait for it to scan the updates.
Then click on ‘Settings’ to open the Software Updater settings.
In the software tab, check the box that says ‘Canonical Partners’ ‘Software packaged by Canonical for their partners.’ You will be asked to enter the administrator password and then agree to reload so that it downloads the update from the just added new repository.
Step 2: Install Tweaks tool
Launch ‘Terminal’ and enter the following commands one at a time.
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mpstark/elementary-tweaks-daily
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install elementary-tweaks
Start moving the buttons
Step 1. Now that you have “Tweaks” installed, launch it from the “Applications” menu. Alternatively, go to the ‘Settings’ app; you will see the ‘Tweak’ tool.
Step 2: Launch the tool and go to the ‘Appearance’ tab. In the drop-down list of ‘Window Controls’, select ‘Windows’.
You should immediately see all the buttons in the top right corner, including the minimize button. I hope you found this tweak useful in enhancing your experience with the elementary OS.