How to Make GnomeShell’s Clock Show Seconds ?

I don’t know when this has happened, because I have been using Ubuntu’s Unity desktop, but I have been using Fedora 18 in the past few days and GnomeShell being the default desktop, I noticed that its clock does not show seconds.

But I thought; ‘this is no big deal, I’m gonna just open up its configuration window and enable it‘ (just like how I’d do in Ubuntu). So I opened up the ‘Date & Time’ configuration window, but I could not find the option to do it.

Now having the seconds being displayed on the clock might not be a big deal for most users. But that’s the way I have been using it in the past, so I guess I’m kinda addicted to it :P.

Anyhow, luckily though, I was able to enable it using the command-line nevertheless. But that said, I still believe that it should be there in the configuration window, as an option, because most new users will not be able to figure it out by themselves.

Gnome Shell's clock showing seconds - Fedora 18

Enabling it …

To enable showing seconds on the clock, open up your Terminal and enter the below command.

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

As soon as you do this, you should see seconds appearing on the ‘Date & Time’ section on the upper panel.

Disabling it again …

If you want to disable it, then simply replace ‘true’ option with ‘false’, or you’re too lazy, then can just copy and paste the below command as well :D.

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface clock-show-seconds false

That’s it.


2 thoughts on “How to Make GnomeShell’s Clock Show Seconds ?”

    • Hi Alan,

      Mate I haven’t tested it (writing this reply from Windows 8 :D). But little by little, ‘Gconf’ settings are being replaced with the ‘Gsettings’, so I just use it these days. Anyway, it’s good to hear from ya! :D.


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