I cannot force clock in Gnome Classic to show seconds. Tried within dconf-editor, changing all available clock settings:

com > canonical > indicatior > datetime There I was trying by changing custom-time-format and setting time-format to custom and by checking show-seconds. Both does not work.

org > gnome > desktop > interface I turned clock-show-seconds on. Nothing happened.

org > gnome > gnome-panel > shell > clock show-seconds enabled, no reaction.

Also, I've been restarting system after each change.

Please, help - I need it for few things.

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I'm using Ubuntu 12.04

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    com.canonical.indicator.appmenu.datetime.show-seconds works for me. What version of ubuntu are you using? Are you using the indicator-complete applet or the gnome-applets? If you are unsure - please add a link to your question with a screenshot of your desktop. Thanks.
    – fossfreedom
    Jul 4, 2012 at 18:57
  • Oh, I forgot, Ubuntu 12.04. Jul 7, 2012 at 11:45
  • I have set seconds on in all possible places same time and still no effect. Jul 11, 2012 at 18:09

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This is an unusual issue - for myself, this works using dconf-editor

dconf-tools Install dconf-tools

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Possibly you need to reinstall the package indicator-applet-complete

sudo apt-get purge indicator-applet-complete
sudo apt-get install indicator-applet-complete

logout and login and then use dconf-editor as described above.

  • It works for me. I did this in dconf-editor, but i didn't reinstall indicator-applet-complete, but after that, everything works fine. Thanks a lot. Jul 11, 2012 at 18:54

I had similar problem with Lubuntu, and all I did was right-click on clock and opened it's settings. No matter how simple the dialog box is, you should always be able to see "Clock Format" and "Tooltip Format" fields.

In first one, all you have to do is type %H:%M:%S, and that's it. H stands for "Hours", M for "Minutes", and S for "Seconds".

Now, if you are not used, like myself for example, to American date format, which is month/day/year and can be really confusing, you can also change that in the second field. Type %A %d.%m.%y.. A stands for name of today's day, d for "day", m for "month", and so on.

Instead of dots, you can put anything else, like /, or -, depends on what you prefer.

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