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Is it possible to show the seconds on the clock in GNOME 3?

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Yes, run this command in a Terminal:

gsettings set show-seconds true

And you can verify with:

gsettings get show-seconds

Or you can install dconf-tools Install dconf-tools and use dconf-editor to browse to

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Did any updates change this path? Or it could be related that I'm not using ubuntu? – RSFalcon7 Oct 15 '13 at 19:06
@RSFalcon7 if you are not using Ubuntu you are on the wrong site. – Thomas W. Nov 14 '13 at 21:03
@ThomasW. I just think it is quite pointless to start another discussion with the exact same topic has this one in Unix.SE, because GNOME 3 is the same everywhere... Anyway this is not on topic here – RSFalcon7 Nov 15 '13 at 10:42

Ubuntu 14.04 LTS:

  1. Click the settings symol in the top-right corner and open System Settings
  2. Go to Time & Date, then Clock tab
  3. Tick Seconds
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@A.B. so what is there instead? – tinky_winky Oct 7 at 17:56

GUI way:

  1. launch gnome-tweak-tool, sometimes called Advanced Settings
  2. click the Top Bar menu
  3. enable Show seconds
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Not sure when this path changed, but as of Ubuntu 13.04 the seconds display can be set in the terminal with:

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface clock-show-seconds true

To turn seconds display off:

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface clock-show-seconds false

and checked with:

gsettings get org.gnome.desktop.interface clock-show-seconds
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