LeftSider for Windows


Leftsider is a great tool to move your window control buttons from right to left, offering easy customization for Windows users. Leftsider for Windows

Leftsider for Windows

Windows users often appreciate the ability to customization their computing experience. One aspect of customization involves the arrangement of window control buttons—minimize, maximize, and close. By default, these buttons are located on the right side of a window’s title bar in the Windows operating system. However, for users who prefer a layout reminiscent of certain MacOS or Linux desktop environments, the Leftsider tool comes into play.

What is Leftsider?

Leftsider is a third-party tool designed to modify the placement of window control buttons in the Windows operating system. Developed to cater to users who favor the left-aligned button layout commonly found in Linux desktop environments like Ubuntu, Leftsider provides a simple and user-friendly solution for this particular customization.

Using Leftsider with Custom Themes:

Many Windows users aspire to emulate the sleek and minimalist design of macOS on their systems. In addition to Leftsider, users can install macOS-inspired themes to transform the appearance of their Windows desktop environment. 

Leftsider complements these themes by allowing users to align the window control buttons to the left side, mirroring the layout commonly found in macOS. By combining Leftsider with a macOS theme, users can achieve a cohesive macOS-like experience on their Windows system.


  1. Download and extract the Leftsider zip file.
  2. Move the extracted Leftsider folder to the system documents directory on your computer.
  3. Double-click the Leftsider tool to launch it.
  4. (Optional) To run Leftsider at system startup:
    • Right-click the Leftsider tool and select “Send to” > “Desktop (create shortcut)” to create a shortcut on your desktop.
    • Press the Windows key + R to open the Run command dialog, then type shell:startup and click OK to open the Startup folder.
    • Move the leftsider shortcut from your desktop to the Startup folder
  5. After completing the above steps, the window control buttons should now appear on the left side of the title bar.


  1. Open the tray on the taskbar.
  2. Find the Leftsider icon, and right-click on it.
  3. Select “Exit” from the context menu to close Leftsider.
  4. Once Leftsider has exited, navigate to the location where you pasted the Leftsider folder.
  5. Delete the Leftsider folder and If you have a Leftsider shortcut, delete it as well.
Leftsider Windows 7 to 11 1.02 & 1.03

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):

Yes, Leftsider is generally compatible with various versions of the Windows operating system, including Windows 7, Windows 8/8.1, Windows 10, and Windows 11.

Yes, there are several macOS themes available for Windows that can be used in conjunction with Leftsider to create a macOS-like appearance. Windows10, Windows 11

Yes, in addition to using Leftsider and macOS themes, you can customize other aspects of Windows, such as icons, cursors, and fonts, to further emulate the macOS look and feel.
While using Leftsider should not significantly impact the performance of your Windows system, it’s always a good idea to monitor your system’s performance after making any changes to ensure everything is running smoothly.


Leftsider provides Windows users with a means to personalize their desktop experience by rearranging the placement of window control buttons. Its simplicity and compatibility make it a popular choice for those who prefer the left-sided button layout. When combined with macOS-inspired themes, Leftsider enables users to achieve a macOS-like appearance on their Windows system.
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Are you new to Windows customization?

Follow the steps given on this post page and I always recommend Creating a Restore Point before starting the customization. If you have any other doubts comment below.

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