Swap around the minimize maximize and close buttons

I don't know why you'd want to do this, unless you're an inveterate tweaker (or maybe a migrating Mac OS X user), but to reorder the minimize, maximize and close buttons, fire up gconf-editor and head for the /apps/metacity/general entry, and look for the button_layout entry. Simply rearrange the order of menu:maximize,minimize,close to the order you

Reduce the Wubi boot delay want. For example, to have the close button at the left of the arrangement, you'd change it to read menu:close,maximize,minimize. The changes will be instant.

The colon (:) between menu and the other words serves a specific purpose. Anything to the left of the colon appears on the left of the window bar, and anything to the right of the colon appears on the right. This is why the maximize, minimize and close buttons appear on the right, and the menu button appears on the left. With this in mind, to create a Mac OS X-like arrangement you could change the key to read close,minimize,maximize:menu.

In Tip 209, on page 243, I explained how to add a Windows Start-like button to your panel. If you would like to investigate an interesting development based on the Start-button concept, use Synaptic to install gimmie. Once it's installed, right-click a blank spot on the panel, select Add to panel from the menu that appears, and then select Gimmie from the list.

As you can see, Gimmie adds four new buttons to the panel: Linux, Programs, Library, and People. Each provides access to a different aspect of your computer's functionality or your online life. Linux gives access to the file system, including removable storage devices. By clicking the Settings button, you can also administer your computer. Programs provides access to installed software—the submenus off the Applications menu are listed as buttons on the left. Library provides access to not only your documents, but also music and movies, arranged in the order you last accessed them. Finally, People ties into Pidgin, to show who is currently online, or who you've recently chatted to.

Give Gimmie a trial. It has all the hallmarks of being one of those radical ideas that might just change the way you use your computer.

Add an uber-Start button to Ubuntu

To learn nearly every technical detail of a particular PDF file, including what software outputted it, its page size, and creation date, use the pdfinfo command at the terminal: pdfinfo filename.pdf. If for any reason you want to know what fonts a PDF uses, use the pdffonts command: pdffonts filename.pdf.

For more PDF tips, see Tip 116, on page 164; Tip 168, on page 205; Tip 215, on page 249; and Tip 258, on page 298.

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