Close Maximize Minimize Left Side

Windows users have undoubtedly become accustomed to having the minimize, maximize, and close buttons located in the upper-right corner of every window. Mac’s, on the other hand, have those buttons located in the upper-left corner of each window. Switching between the two operating systems can be rather tedious since you have to get used to two different button layouts.

Then there are programmers who get clever ideas that tackle common annoyances. One such programmer has done just that, and has found a way to make Mac users feel a bit more at home when using Windows. The program is called LeftSider, and it’s free, small, and requires no installation. You can download the XP/Vista 32-bit or Vista 64-bit versions from our mirrors, extract the files, and run the executable that’s included.

Immediately after running it you should see the icon/title switch positions with the buttons (as pictured above). The program creates an icon in the System Tray where you can enable/disable the left-sided alignment of the minimize, maximize, and close buttons. And if you want it to start with Windows just place it in the Startup folder located in the Start Menu.

At first I thought it was pretty cool being able to switch things up like this, but I quickly realized how much I miss having the buttons located in the upper-right corner. It’s almost as if my mouse naturally gravitates that way, and when the buttons are in the other corner it screws everything up. ;)

Give it a whirl and let me know what you think!

LeftSider Homepage [via WinMatrix]

There Are 23 Comments

  1. That’s dumb, IMO.

    A mac program that puts crap on the right would be so much better. PC users outnumber mac users, so that would make switching to a mac that much easier…

  2. Dkong wrote:
    That’s dumb, IMO.

    A mac program that puts crap on the right would be so much better. PC users outnumber mac users, so that would make switching to a mac that much easier…

    True, but I actually thought it was cool that doing this was even possible.

  3. i like the idea, however
    it seems to only work on some windows
    and now it’s confusing and i can’t find a way to disable it
    so now its empty folder is un-deletable from my desktop!?

  4. Kris kHz wrote:
    i like the idea, however
    it seems to only work on some windows
    and now it’s confusing and i can’t find a way to disable it
    so now its empty folder is un-deletable from my desktop!?

    Just restart your computer, and you’ll be able to delete the folder.

  5. Now all we need is a way to change the icons.

  6. this program seems to work for everything except for firefox3 for me..

    any suggestions?

  7. I’ve used Windows my whole life. Not used Mac one single time, yet I seem to be more familiar with the window buttons on the left side. XD

  8. Hello everybody,

    can anybody help me install this leftsider aplication ??? plsssss…I need this..then my notebook is complete of Mac notebook…

  9. I use the Debian (Linux)-based OS Ubuntu, and I made it to look like a Mac.

    I’ve never used a Mac before, but when I switch back to Windows, it just feels (and looks) wrong that the buttons are on the right instead of the left.

    I use this trick in Ubuntu to fool my friends into thinking I have a Mac (much easier to do, of course; Ubuntu is fully customizable, even down to the button locations!).

  10. mine only works on folders!

  11. it does not work damn it i need it so my xp would really look like mac ! thats the last 1!

  12. oops, just doesn’t work on my XP/32-bit SP3 :( (is running and ‘on the left’ option is on). Would be sooo cool

  13. aha! it works, but for folders only

  14. This doesn’t work with the 64 version of windows, can someone help me? i have vista home premium (64 bit, of course)

  15. I can’t stop using it! Anybody who knows how to stop leftsider?

  16. Close the running application then delete it

  17. “LeftSider” does not move close, minimize, resize buttons to left for Internet Explore, Windows Media Player etc. So, all it does is increase confusion.

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