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Friday, March 30, 2018 at 13:48

Do you want to see clock in full with seconds and year? Do you not have it at Ubuntu 17.10 and 18.04? Do you have another GNU/Linux distro (GNOME 3.26+) with same problem? What you need to do is to install Datetime Format extension and a little setting. This extension is an awesome improvement by Dan-K to control GNOME top panel's clock as you wish. The instruction do set it is explained below.

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Install Datetime Format extension from the website If you do not know how, simply follow instruction here.

The website of Datetime Format
Install GNOME Tweaks program if you don't have in installed yet. You need this program to input the clock code. Choose any method to install you prefer below:
  • The command line is $ sudo apt-get install gnome-tweak-tool
  • The name is GNOME Tweaks on Ubuntu Software.

Where to set it:

Go to GNOME Tweaks > Extensions > Datetime Format > click 'the gear' button > a small dialog appears > turn ON the Status Bar option > click 'the gear' button.

How to input the code of full clock with day name, year, and second:

  • Code: %A, %d %B %Y %T
  • Real clock example: Friday 30 March 2018 13:30:00

If the clock on the top panel doesn't change immediately, simply restart your computer.

The result:

You should find your top panel shows complete clock like below. Happy working!

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