The day of the week time is displayed on the top bar... Why isn't the date displayed there, like it was in previous versions??? Why on earth would this capability have been removed???

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    Which version do you have?
    – Boba Fit
    Commented Oct 20, 2018 at 7:08
  • What version of Ubuntu are you using? After a fresh install, you should install Gnome Tweaks and from it, you can tweak the date and more.
    – PRATAP
    Commented Oct 20, 2018 at 7:09
  • I have just upgraded to ubuntu 18.04... I found somewhere else someone recommended I use dconf to customize the TopBar, and that seemed to work fine.. or would Gnome-Tweak-Tool be a better solution?
    – MattB
    Commented Oct 21, 2018 at 22:49
  • @MattB No, they do the same thing. Tweaks is less advanced, but more user-friendly imo (so you're unlikely to mess things up with Tweaks unlike dconf editor).
    – pomsky
    Commented Oct 21, 2018 at 23:00

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Assuming you are referring to Ubuntu 18.04... ... the format of the "top bar" is controlled by "Gnome Tweaks".

Install it, Start it, then you will find "top bar" configurations for enabling

  • Battery Percentage
  • Date
  • Seconds
  • Calendar weeks
  • I used dconf, and that seemed to work for what I wanted to do. Would Gnome Tweaks be better?
    – MattB
    Commented Oct 21, 2018 at 22:50
  • (Again assuming you refer to Ubuntu 18.04 or 18.10), the man page for gnome-control-center (what is invoked when you go into "settings" (the tool icon)), says the following about your followup question: "Note that gnome-control-center is not meant to expose each and every setting that is available. The settings that can be found here represent what is considered useful and commonly needed options. For more exotic or uncommon options, you can look at gnome-tweak-tool or the gsettings commandline utility."
    – TonyB
    Commented Oct 21, 2018 at 23:45

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