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I'm using Ubuntu 9.04 and if I open a window I want to double click on icon on the left hand side of the window in order to close the window which is the default behavior in Windows.

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should be tagged with: gnome compiz metacity – Kim Aug 20 '09 at 9:49
I think so too, but the poster should confirm this setup, or that it's the default setup. – nagul Aug 20 '09 at 9:55
I did not know it was related to compiz metacity – Roland Aug 20 '09 at 10:11
The default for ubuntu is gnome with metacity, compiz can be enabled easily. – Kim Aug 20 '09 at 10:12
Thanks :-) now I know – Roland Aug 20 '09 at 11:27
up vote 4 down vote accepted

Just yesterday I posted a how-to about this on my blog. It applies to compiz as well as to metacity, but the instructions given are for compiz. I'll sum up what you would need to do here:

  • download the sources
  • patch them
  • make a new deb package
  • uninstall the old one, install it instead
  • create a new key in gconf

But if this seems too complicated to you, you could always switch to xfce or kde.

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Would be nice if metacity/compiz added a configurable option for this. It has been requested multiple times in metacity bugzilla but always closed as dup/notabug – csauve Feb 19 '11 at 17:48

There is no configuration setting in Gnome or Compiz that will let you do this. Your best bet is to use the close button and get used to it (benefit: works even on Windows).

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True, there is no config setting. Doesn't mean it can't be done though. – Kim Aug 20 '09 at 9:44
That's why I didn't say that it couldn't be done. – innaM Aug 20 '09 at 9:51
Well, I didn't say you said that. Did I? ;) – Kim Aug 20 '09 at 9:54
No, but it sounded like you did. – innaM Aug 20 '09 at 9:57
... while it lasts. – innaM Aug 20 '09 at 11:36

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