How to Enable ‘Minimize, Maximize’ App Buttons in Fedora Gnome 40+

This tutorial shows how to enable the minimize & maximize title-bar buttons in Gnome 40 in either Fedora or other Linux.

As usual, Fedora 34 desktop edition includes only ‘Close’ button in its app windows. If you tried out Gnome 40 in Ubuntu 21.04, you may also face the issue.

It could be quite annoying if you’re new to Fedora or Gnome 40 without minimize & maximize buttons. Though you can double-click title-bar to maximize app window, or right-click on it to get the menu options, it can be good to get them in the top-right (or -left) corner.

Option 1.) Single command to enable Minimize & Maximize:

If you’re familiar with Linux command, firstly open terminal from system app launcher:

Then run the single command to enable the two title-bar buttons:

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.wm.preferences button-layout 'appmenu:minimize,maximize,close'

You may also get title buttons in the left via command:

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.wm.preferences button-layout 'close,maximize,minimize:appmenu'
The 3 items: minimize, maximize, and close are separated with comma. No space between them. And you can remove any of them if you don't want it.

For instance, you can run command to get only minimize & close buttons on the right:

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.wm.preferences button-layout 'appmenu:minimize,close'

And to revert changes, run command:

gsettings reset org.gnome.desktop.wm.preferences button-layout

Option 2.) Enable Minimize & Maximize via Gnome Tweaks (Graphical Tool):

For the graphical configuration tool, search for and install Gnome Tweaks in Software App or system package manager.

Then launch Gnome Tweaks, navigate to Window Titlebars in the left pane. You’ll see the options to toggle title-bar buttons, including Minimize, Maximize, and Placement.

That’s it. Enjoy!

Merilyn Ne
Hi, I'm Merilyn Ne, a computer geek working on Ubuntu Linux for many years and would like to write useful tips for beginners. Forgive me for language mistakes. I'm not a native speaker of English.