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.


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.


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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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