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Does anyone know how to move the traffic lights (maximize, minimize, close) in OS X from the top left to the top right?

(I don't care that Apple spent time designing the "perfect layout," I can't deal with the upper left thing)

asked Feb 15 '11 at 10:53

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Why don't you just use keyboard shortcuts? Problem solved.

answered Feb 15 '11 at 11:06

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you could just, deal with it?

answered Feb 15 '11 at 11:08

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Robert Ingram

How is that an answer? I am dealing with it and I'd like to not deal with it any longer.

(Feb 15 '11 at 11:18) FizzNakLe FizzNakLe's gravatar image

Don't think you can. But you can use these shortcuts.

Command + M : Minimize window

Command + W : Close window

I use those all the time. It's faster than moving your mouse.

answered Feb 15 '11 at 11:13

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edited Feb 15 '11 at 11:13

You'll have to lump it, if you'd got Ubuntu you could have moved the buttons from left to right :P

answered Feb 15 '11 at 11:07

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My thoughts exactly, I can move them in Windows and Linux but it drives me insane in OS X.

(Feb 15 '11 at 11:16) FizzNakLe FizzNakLe's gravatar image

Okay, since we can't laugh today, I'll give you a "real" answer.

The reason I said what I said was because I could already tell you are a Windows user. That was the biggest thing I had to adjust to when I switched to Macs. After the first day, you forget that it's even an "adjustment", and you just naturally start going to the left to click things. I doubt there is anyway to actually "change" it, so I would just learn to adjust, honestly.

answered Feb 15 '11 at 11:23

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edited Feb 15 '11 at 11:38

This is not an answer.

(Feb 15 '11 at 11:25) Kostas Kostas's gravatar image

I already do use Windows, more often than OS X since I prefer it.

(Feb 15 '11 at 11:27) FizzNakLe FizzNakLe's gravatar image

I know. It was a joke...laugh....ha...ha....

(Feb 15 '11 at 11:28) Rizzy Rizzy's gravatar image


(Feb 15 '11 at 11:39) FizzNakLe FizzNakLe's gravatar image

This was the biggest thing for me when I moved to mac. Unfortunately, you will have to deal with it and get used to it, although it shouldn't take long maybe a couple of weeks.

I now find myself frustrated on a windows machine when I head to the top left for things.

answered Feb 15 '11 at 12:42

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