Fix two Ubuntu 10.04 window manager annoyances

When upgrading to Ubuntu 10.04 I noticed two annoyances (which actually are just a matter of personal taste):

  • The OSX-like positioning of the close, minimize and maximize buttons on the left instead of the right of the window.
  • The fade-out (invisibility) of other windows when using Alt-Tab for tabbing through the available windows on the current desktop.

As I tend to forget and need to Google every time I encounter a newly setup 10.04 system, I now jot down the settings to change.

For changing the window buttons:

  1. Start gconf-editor.
  2. Find /apps/metacity/general/button_layout.
  3. Change its value to menu:minimize,maximize,close.

For changing the opacity of inactive windows during Alt+Tab window switching:

  1. Start gconf-editor.
  2. Find /apps/compiz/plugins/staticswitcher/screen0/options/opacity.
  3. Change it to any value you like, where 100 is fully visible and 0 is totally invisible.

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