Time indicator is shown as "%a %H:%M" in the center of the top bar.

How do I move it back to the right where it belongs, and make it include the full date and time ("%Y-%m-%d %s %H:%M")?

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    Not a regression if you're comparing oranges with tangerines. It is as always has been in Gnome which is now the default DE instead of Unity.
    – user692175
    Oct 25, 2017 at 2:40
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    I would recommend removing the last paragraph (reason: what MichaelBay said) and change the title to something like "How do I change the position and format of date & time in top bar of Ubuntu 17.10?" as it's not "wrong", that's how it is in GNOME.
    – pomsky
    Oct 25, 2017 at 11:39

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You may achieve your goal using some GNOME shell extensions.

Moving clock to the right

You may use Frippery Move Clock.

See this Q&A for more options.

Changing date & time format

You may use Clock override. It lets you

Override the Gnome Shell clock with a new time format or text of your choice.

It supports Python's strftime format (so you'll be able to set your preferred "%Y-%m-%d %s %H:%M" format to display).

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Panel Date Format is another GNOME Shell extension that allows you to modify the formatting of date and time in the top panel, e.g. to include the current week number.

I used

dconf write /org/gnome/shell/extensions/panel-date-format/format "'%a (KW %V) %d.%m.%y %H:%M'"

to display below format:

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Another place to look:- Ubuntu Software Centre - certainly in Ubuntu 17.10. If you search for "clock" a whole list of different programs is displayed, Clock Override among them.

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    I realize this is an old question but it's quite relevant to a question I answered recently. The customization of the formatting of the Gnome 3 top bar clock to your liking can be cleanly achieved through gnome shell localization/internationalization configuration without extensions. askubuntu.com/questions/1096203/…
    – Steve
    Feb 21, 2019 at 4:27

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