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Move the Window Control Buttons to the Left Side in Windows

Recently Ubuntu joined Mac by moving the Minimize, Maximize, and Close Buttons to the left side of app windows. If this is a feature that you would also like to have in Windows, then Leftsider is the app for you.

All that you need to do is unzip the Leftsider zip file, move the folder contained within to Program Files, and create a shortcut. Starting Leftsider automatically moves the buttons to the left side…even on app windows that are already open.

You can temporarily disable or exit Leftsider using the small Context Menu for the System Tray icon. That is all there is to it.

Note: If you wanted to be “evil” this would make a fun and harmless prank to play on an unsuspecting victim! “Hey! What happened to my window buttons?!”

LeftSider 1.03 [Softpedia]

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  • Published 12/8/10

Comments (11)

  1. Hatryst

    Certainly not going to do it! Instead, I’d prefer to know how to move ubuntu’s buttons from left side to the right side. See if there’s a utility named ‘rightsider’ for ubuntu :D
    Although it is nice to be used as a prank, as mentioned !
    But for those who want to use it, if it doesn’t start functioning when you start windows, create a shortcut to it, and place the shortcut in the ‘startup’ folder…

  2. Eeki

    To move the buttons from left to right in Ubuntu just tap *Alt-F2* -> gconf-editor -> then look for apps > metacity > general, look for “button_layout” on the right panel. Change value in the “button_layout” from close,minimize,maximize: to -> menu:minimize,maximize,close and press the Enter key. Voilà!

  3. Eeki

    To move the buttons from left to right in Ubuntu just tap *Alt-F2* -> gconf-editor -> then look for apps > metacity > general, look for “button_layout” on the right panel. Change value in the “button_layout” from close,minimize,maximize: to -> menu:minimize,maximize,close and press the Enter key. Voilà!

  4. nt0xik8ed

    i keep moving it back to the right, i can’t get use to it on the left. i tried but it’s a habit to go right

  5. matthewguay

    You could also change your language to Arabic or any other right-to-left language … that is, if you can read it :)

  6. pitman

    It will never work for me, since I’ve been using the right side since Win 3.1 and if I use the left I usually double click there so it will create a whole other mess.

  7. Akshay Biloliker

    I’ve been using the right my whole life as a Windows user. I left Windows after trying Vista, and used OS X. I got used to the left. Dual-booted Maverick Meerkat and used the left sided buttons. But ever since I’ve been using Windows 7, I’ve just used Aero Snap to the the job of the maximize button, and I’ve used the close function on the jumplist, while just double-clicking to minimize. I rarely use the Windows buttons.

  8. ron

    this could be useful if you have a lot of windows open alot and close something by accident because the close buttons for more than one window are close together.
    This would allow browser windows to be one one side and native apps on the right.
    but i don’t think it will do this because it will move both to the left…right?

  9. Rob

    What I would like to know is how to move ALL Apple PCs to the left side of the rubbish tip.

  10. Sepehr

    _if you double click the windows icon, the window will close too.

  11. pequeno3d

    Já acostumei com os botões do lado esquerdo, pena que esse aplicativo ferra as abas do Chrome. :(

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