How to add minimize and move the close button to right in Google Chrome on elementary OS

Elementary OS doesn’t have the minimize button by default. Also, the close button is in the top left and maximize button is located on the top right. We have already shown you how to enable the minimize button and move everything to top right corner of windows in elementary OS. The problem is this setting won’t apply to Google Chrome browser, because it doesn’t apply native skin. If you have installed Google Chromium, you will get the minimize, maximize, and close button on the right.


But, I already pointed out the differences between Google Chrome and Chromium and why Chrome is preferred over Chromium because of the fastest updates. Don’t worry, nothing is impossible in Linux, you can get the Windows style maximize, minimize, and close buttons to the top right corner of the Chrome browser too. Let’s get started.

Step 1: Launch ‘Terminal’.

Step 2: Copy and paste the below code into the terminal and hit enter:

gconftool-2 --set /apps/metacity/general/button_layout --type string ":minimize:maximize:close"

Terminal - elementary OS
Terminal – elementary OS

That’s it! Relaunch Google Chrome browser and see the Windows style style maximize, minimize, and close buttons to the top right corner. For some reason if your elementary OS didn’t have gconf tool, then the above commands will throw up error. You can quickly install gconf tool by typing the following command in terminal:

sudo apt-get install gconf-editor

Then try copy-pasting the Step 2 code, you should be fine.

Google Chrome - Minimize, Maximize, Close on top right corner
Google Chrome – Minimize, Maximize, Close on top right corner

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