SOLVED: Minimize, Restore, Close replaced by colored dots

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SOLVED: Minimize, Restore, Close replaced by colored dots

Postby skymeadow on Fri Aug 03, 2012 7:40 pm

All window controls (Minimize Window, Restore Window, Close Window) have changed into a new type of control that I don't like.

These buttons should be something like a down triangle, an up triangle, and an X.

Instead, there are three white circles with gray borders, which change color into yellow, green or red when you mouse over, and for each one a tooltip appears listing the operation that the dot control will do when clicked.

The placement of the controls is in the upper right corner of the window border where one would expect.

I do not recall selecting anything that would have caused this, although I did play with themes briefly in the Advanced Configuration menu recently; I just wanted to see what the other themes look like, but expected to return to my original theme and thought I had. My recollection is that the window control buttons did not change when I was looking at themes; perhaps they changed sometime afterwards with a delayed effect or did not change when I was selecting various themes.

On Advanced Configuration Menu, options Menus Have Icons (off | on) and Buttons Have Icons (off | on) make no visual difference. On the same menu:

My cursor theme is Adwaita (default).
Keybinding theme is default.
Icon theme is Mint-X-Dark.
GTK+ theme is Adwaita (default).
Shell theme is None, default.
Window theme is Mint-X.

Wouldn't the Window Theme control the visual appearance of window controls and decorations? but maybe it has stopped working.

Searching the web found no mention of this on Linux Mint or Gnome 3, but apparently this is the visual style of the Macintosh UI. (I've never been a Mac user.)

Can I get my old window controls back somehow? The ones that look like MS Windows. Just habit, but I find the colored buttons less user friendly, and there is an expectation of being able to control everything on the UI, which currently I cannot.

Thank you!

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Re: Minimize, Restore, Close controls replaced by colored do

Postby skymeadow on Mon Aug 06, 2012 3:34 pm

James twinli wrote:Great to know about this, Highly appreciative post.


Huh? Sorry, I do not understand your non sequitur reply. Do you know how to fix the problem? Is it a bug and you are a developer glad to receive a precise bug report? Do you want to have the Mac-like window interface on your Mint too?

Really baffled,

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Re: Minimize, Restore, Close controls replaced by colored do

Postby dagon on Mon Aug 06, 2012 3:42 pm

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Re: Minimize, Restore, Close controls replaced by colored do

Postby squeezy on Mon Aug 06, 2012 3:45 pm

Sky, have you tried changing the window theme to something else then back to Mint-X? Maybe log out and log back in as well.
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Re: Minimize, Restore, Close controls replaced by colored do

Postby skymeadow on Mon Aug 06, 2012 4:13 pm

Yes!!!! Thank you for the suggestion, it worked.

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Re: SOLVED: Minimize, Restore, Close replaced by colored dot

Postby kiswa on Fri Aug 24, 2012 12:10 pm

Also, for future readers,
Code: Select all
Alt+F2
then type
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r
and hit Enter will restart gnome-shell and reload your themes (without requiring a log-off/on cycle).
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