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. Nov 18, 2013 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, 2013 at 16:33
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    @liberforce you have a typo: it is gnome-tweak-tool and thanks
    – mau
    Nov 19, 2015 at 0:39

[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
  • I think it might be called gnome-tweak now. Nov 10, 2019 at 23:32

The gnome-tweak-tool works (the dconf-editor does not) debian 7(wheezy) ... however now the box is too narrow to display the time ... sigh

Turns out this is a "real-estate" issue , I used https://extensions.gnome.org/extension/112/remove-accesibility/ to recover a small bit of space, now I can see date AND time


Activities -> Show Applications -> Tweaks

This program was preinstalled on my Debian installation.

Select Top Bar in the left menu. Then enable date.


In GNOME 3.28.2, this setting made the date show up in the top bar:


I use GNOME Flashback. The path to the relevant settings in dconf-editor is /com/canonical/indicator/datetime/: enter image description here

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