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Old 06-29-2010, 03:16 PM   #1
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Question Minimize/Restore button not working properly


I have just recently installed Ubuntu 10.04 on a desktop machine (Dell Dimension 4600) and am in the process of becoming familiar with it. So far, I like it. Especially the boot-up speed. I like the users manual also.

I notice one thing, though, that doesn't seem to be working right the three buttons on the right side of the titlebar that close, minimize and maximize the window. The minimize button is supposed to remove the window from the desktop and indicate the minimized window on the bottom panel so that you can click it and restore it.

It doesn't work that way in my install. In fact, I cannot minimize and restore the window at all. The three buttons, from left to right, close, reduce/enlarge, and close. I don't think that is normal, is it? And how can I get it to work correctly?
 
Old 06-29-2010, 03:56 PM   #2
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Try this:

Press ATL+F2 then write gconf-editor and open it;
Go to section apps>metacity>general;
In the item button_layout, the value should be "close,minimize,maximize:";
 
Old 06-29-2010, 03:56 PM   #3
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After that try changing theme. However you can access desktop with ctrl+alt+d
 
Old 06-29-2010, 04:38 PM   #4
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Vitorsgoncalves and yooy, thanks for the replies.

I followed your directions regarding apps>metacity>general. The value to the right of button_layout on my computer is menu:minimize,maximize,close. I highlighted it and changed the value to close,minimize,maximize: and closed the window but nothing changed. I repeated the above and the value had changed back to its original value. I wonder -- the three buttons, from left to right, are close, minimize or maximize, close. So both the first and the third button close the window.

Also, I changed the theme. But ctrl+alt+del just brings me to the shut down the computer window. Should I have restarted the computer?
 
Old 06-29-2010, 09:35 PM   #5
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The value "menu:minimize,maximize,close" means that there is a menu button to the left and the minimize, maximize, close to the right. When you changed it to "close,minimize,maximize:", the three buttons should be at the left and no menu button.

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I highlighted it and changed the value to close,minimize,maximize: and closed the window but nothing changed.
Did you pressed enter?

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ctrl+alt+del just brings me to the shut down the computer window. Should I have restarted the computer?

yooy said ctrl+alt+d, not ctrl+alt+del. This comand minimizes all the windows in the desktop.

however, your value was "menu:minimize,maximize,close", it should be working fine, so this probably is not the problem. I will try to find something about this
 
Old 06-30-2010, 05:59 AM   #6
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Vitorsgoncalves, I've been playing around with the values in the button_layout. Removing the word 'menu:' from the line does change the location of the three buttons from the right side of the titlebar to the left side. Which side it is on does not matter all that much to me. It seems better on the right side but that may be just habit. Anyway, the button_layout now reads menu:minimize,maximize,close. The middle button minimizes and maximizes the window and the left and right buttons close the window. I still do not get an indication on the bottom panel that the window is supposed to be minimized.

Pressing ctrl+alt+d does minimize the window but if I press it again, everything closes. Normal?

Hope I don't have to reinstall 10.04. I had to install it three times before it would work. There seems to be some glitches in this version. I downloaded a lot of stuff from synaptic to customize the install and, since I am on Hughes.net, the daily bandwidth requirements are a problem for me.
 
Old 06-30-2010, 07:35 AM   #7
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Pressing ctrl+alt+d does minimize the window but if I press it again, everything closes. Normal?
No, should undo minimizing.


I run xubuntu, and there seem to be themes and styles. Styles even change buttons on windows, but I'm not sure if it's same on ubuntu.
 
Old 06-30-2010, 02:45 PM   #8
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Got a question, yooy in your opinion, do you think that reinstalling 10.04 might solve this problem? I hate to do that because otherwise, 10.04 is working just fine. I like it. And I've pretty much got it customized the way I want it. But it is more than a little inconvenient not being able to minimize and restore windows. Do you realize how many times a day you do that? Of course, I forgot about the workspaces. I could keep the firefox browser open in one, Thunderbird open in another and Oowriter open in a third, etc. But that is not a long time solution, is it? My decision, but I was just seeking a second opinion. Thanks.
 
Old 07-01-2010, 10:51 AM   #9
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I went ahead and reinstalled Ubuntu 10.04 and everything seemed to be working without a problem. However, soon afterwards, the center button of the three buttons on the left of the titlebar began malfunctioning again. The left button, close, and the right button, maximize, are working as they should. But the center button, which is supposed to minimize and put an indication on the bottom panel, doesn't.

It began malfunctioning after I right-clicked on the workspace indicator on the bottom panel and clicked preferences. This caused the workspace indicator to vanish, but I reloaded it and it is working normally now. But this must have created a problem with the minimize/restore button. Does anyone have any ideas on what might have created this?
 
  


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