2 min readApr 25, 2020


[Kali linux][Settings]Minimize and maximize button disappear and how to add them back

Finally add them back as usual!
N2I -2020.04.25


I run apt-get install upgrade yesterday, but my system when into a long update and turn my UI interface from Pic A To Pic B. The Minimize and Maximize button were disappeared. It is so inconvenience. I run the following steps to add them back.

Old Version and the New one

Step -1: Add Minimize and Maximize button

root@NZI:~/Desktop# gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.wm.preferences button-layout ":minimize,maximize,close"

This should makes the minimize and maximize button back. If the command can’t work, try the below one first then come back to this step.

Step -2: Use gnome-tweaks

root@NZI:~/Desktop# sudo apt-get update; sudo apt-get install gnome-tweak-tool
root@NZI:~/Desktop# gnome-tweaks

Should look like this if you have install them already. Or takes time to install gnome-tweak-tool. Run gnome-tweaks and you will see the Tweaks window. Move to the Windows Titlebars and turn on the Minimize and Maximize button.

Step1: Change background color

Select Preferences >> Unnamed >> Colors. Change your Transparent, cursor color settings to make it fits you.

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