When starting up my machine (Ubuntu 14.10) just now I have noticed that the bit in the top bar which tells me the date and time is gone, and I am unable for some strange reason to change the Date & Time > Clock settings:

Date & Time Clock settings greyed out

Why are the settings greyed out and why is the Date and Time not showing in the top bar? And how can I fix this? Or is this some sort of bug which I should report?


The date/time indicator applet has either been accidentally removed or is not configured.

Start by trying to re-install it. (If you already have it, then you can ignore the message saying the latest version is already installed).

sudo apt-get install indicator-datetime

Now configure it.

sudo dpkg-reconfigure --frontend noninteractive tzdata

And finally get Unity to reload it.

sudo killall unity-panel-service
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    Good one! Upvoted! Next time, use 4 spaces in front of the commands you're typing so KasiyA doesn't have to edit your answer to make it excellent! :P ;-) So please review his edits and also review the editing help to improve the readability of your answers in the future. – Fabby Feb 20 '15 at 8:54
  • @Fabby Thank you for the feedback. Duly noted, but I have a question - please see Meta. – Carl H Feb 20 '15 at 9:19

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