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Gnome 3 has a menu bar that includes the day of the week and the time. The date and time settings allow the time to be shown in 24 hour or AM/PM style.

There do not appear, however, to be any options for displaying the date. Instead of "Thu 1:59 PM", I'd like it to read (for example) "1:59 PM, Thursday, March 28, 2013".

How can I configure the format of the date in the menu bar?

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You can use dconf-editor to change many of the settings (GSettings) on your GNOME desktop environment. For this case you need to install the dconf-tools package. Run dconf-editor and find the appropriate key for your time settings.

e.g. org.gnome.desktop.interface.clock-show-date

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Too bad the nice people of Gnome didn't put this setting in the UI. It's the date I need to glance to once in a while, I usually know what day it is. –  Bart Friederichs Nov 18 '13 at 8:35
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Previously this was provided by the org.gnome.shell.clock.show-date key but has changed around GNOME 3.6. This may be changed graphically using the gnome-teak-tool UI, too. –  liberforce Nov 22 '13 at 16:33
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[To expand on what liberforce said]

  1. launch gnome-tweak-tool, sometimes called Advanced Settings
  2. click the Shell menu, then enable Show date in clock
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