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I would like to show the date in the bar up the top there (next to the time). I can not see any obvious way to enable this.

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Not an ubuntu user but, if you install gnome-tweak-tool, you'll have a nice gui to adjust things like this.

I'm guessing your install from repo might be something like:

apt-get install gnome-tweak-tool
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Gnome Tweak is indeed a necessity for making 11.10 usable. Also, the date setting is under Shell->Show date in clock. – Cerin Mar 11 '12 at 18:57
In 14.04, it's now called "Top bar->Show date" – Cerin Oct 31 '15 at 13:48

As a regular user run this in a terminal when using gnome-shell:

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

For 11.10, use this instead:

gsettings set show-date true

Hope this is what you're looking for!

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In Ubuntu 12.04, this setting no longer seems to apply. Instead, you can click on the clock, go to Time & Date Settings, select the Clock tab, and check options there to show Weekday or Date and Month in the clock. It's a more obvious place to put these settings, but I had already learned the (now broken) gnome-tweak-tool or gsettings approach. – Shimon Rura Sep 22 '12 at 12:51
In Ubuntu 13.04 Gnome 2, use com.canonical.indicator.datetime. See… – Rafael Xavier Sep 16 '13 at 17:31
also works on Debian (and also unsing dconf-editor) – William Dec 11 '13 at 14:01
For Ubuntu 12.04: gsettings set com.canonical.indicator.datetime show-date true – James May 23 '14 at 14:12
no longer working in 14.10 :( – wim Nov 22 '14 at 17:22

For most people, the command line option supplied by itnet7 is probably the quickest.

However, if you like a GUI, you can use the tool dconf-editor. Simply run "dconf-editor". It is included by default with many distributions, but should be in the repositories if it isn't installed.

One you've started dconf-editor, follow the tree of settings to: org-gnome-shell-clock

and change the "Show date" checkbox (as shown below), and the seconds display for the clock too, if you like that sort of thing.

dconf-editor settng for panel clock

Edit: This has changed slightly for Ubuntu 12.10. Using dconf-editor, date & time settings are now located under com-canonical-indicator-appmenu-datetime.

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In Ubuntu 12.04 you click on the time in the bar then:

  • Click on Time & Settings
  • Click the Clock tab
  • In the clock, show:
    • Check Weekday and/or Date and month
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