Window Controls not functioning.

Bug #1309942 reported by Sushant kumar
This bug affects 39 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Won't Fix
Unity Tweak Tool
unity (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

As mentioned earlier the two key functions of Unity Tweak Tool are not working .

1.Windows Control/ Allignment from left to right .
2.Show menu button.

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Sushant kumar (sushantp606) wrote :
summary: - I started Unity tweak tool and navigated to Window Controls and changed
- the alligment , it did not work.
+ Window Controls not functioning.
description: updated
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David Adams (psycardis) wrote :

I can confirm this issue on Ubuntu 14.04 fresh install.

Upon clicking on right, nothing happens, after closing Unity Tweak Tool, there is still no change.
Upon reopening Unity Tweak Tool the option has reset itself to left.

I understand that Ubuntu has made a design choice, but to completely remove my ability to customize it is unacceptable.

tags: added: trusty
Changed in unity-tweak-tool:
status: New → Confirmed
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Tavis Elliott (tavise) wrote :

I have the same issue. Is there a work-around to using unity tweak tool?

Changed in unity-tweak-tool:
status: Confirmed → Triaged
importance: Undecided → Medium
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J Phani Mahesh (phanimahesh) wrote :

Unfortunately, the recent modifications to Unity resulted in the title bars being handled by unity itself, and the older setting org.gnome.desktop.wm.preferences is not respected anymore.

I have been unable to locate any new key that might work. Any pointers appreciated, but since I have done a rather exhaustive check, I don't think there is any way to tweak it currently. Sorry folks!

This section will be disabled in Unity Tweak Tool for 14.04 and upwards. Please bug unity team to add a customizable setting. We can only flip switches they give us. Unless such a key is provided by unity, the window controls can't be moved.

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Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
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J Phani Mahesh (phanimahesh) wrote :

Unless there are changes made in Unity to respect user preferences, we can not do anything. And it looks unlikely that any changes will happen in Unity to allow this. Hence wont-fix for now. We'll revisit this when there's a way to customize window control positions.

Changed in unity-tweak-tool:
status: Triaged → Won't Fix
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Derek Martin (demartin) wrote :

I think this bug (and1310056, dup of this bug) should not be closed as wont-fix, it should be reopened and reassigned to whatever software component (Unity, presumably) is making this behavior change impossible.

It's absolutely shameful that the Linux desktop has been consistently and brutally dumbed down over the last 10+ years, that charge led primarily by the gnome developers.

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Marco Trevisan (Treviño) (3v1n0) wrote :

Sorry, this feature is not supported anymore for consistency reason: the ubuntu desktop moved the window controls to the left years ago, and unity designers decided to move window controls to the left of the windows when they are maximized.
So, having window controls on the right for restored windows, and to the left when they're maximized just didn't make any sense.

So, when implementing the new decorations in unity, we just decided to not support this anymore, reducing a lot the complexity of the code involved in layouting and disposing the elements in the decorations.

Some of the reasons have been explained in this post also:

Changed in unity:
status: New → Won't Fix
Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Won't Fix
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ldmpub (ldmpub) wrote :

Unfortunatly I really miss this feature.
The best is: if buttons position is not customiszble anymore please remove the layout option in Ubuntu Tweak asap.

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Geert Vancompernolle (geert-vancompernolle) wrote :

Well, if Ubuntu forces me to use their illogical window setup, that's one step too far. Because of this, I will uninstall Ubuntu and go back to LXDE again, which I used before to my great satisfactory!

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Dan Dascalescu (ddascalescu+launchpad) wrote :

@Geert: I would also switch to LXDE because forcing windows controls to the left is something I find stupid (most other DEs have them on the right) and disrespectful to right-to-left users.

Unfortunately, LXDE doesn't support switching among windows with Super+1..9, so I'm stuck with Unity.

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