By default settings of elementary OS Freya, you see maximize button on the top right corner of windows and at the extreme left is the close button. There is no minimize button and it could be a frustrating experience, especially for those used to Microsoft Windows. Also the extreme left and right buttons of the maximize and the close buttons may also be not everyone’s taste in at first place. In this tutorial, let’s put these things in place by adding the buttons including minimize, maximize, and close to the top right corner of window, just like in Microsoft Windows. style.
Step 1: Add Canonical Partners Repository
Many of the useful software are provided by third-party developers and you need to turn on their sources repository in the elementary software updater settings.
Launch ‘Software Updater’ 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
Go to ‘Settings’ app, you will see ‘Tweak’ tool.
Step 3: Edit windows controls
Launch the tool and go the ‘Appearance’ tab. In the drop-down list of ‘Window Controls’, select ‘Windows’.
You will immediately see all the buttons in the top right corner. Enjoy!