Gnome panel displays the time with 24hrs format but I want to change it to am/pm.

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Go to System Settings (from the aggregate menu) and select Date & Time. Use the drop down menu on Time Format to select AM/PM:

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or fire up dconf-editor, go to org/gnome/desktop/interface/clock-format and turn off Use default value then set Custom value to 12h:

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Via terminal, run

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface clock-format 12h

Further customization of the date/time format can be done via gnome-shell extensions, see Daniel's answer here.

  • Thanks. That's so stupid that one has to go command line (and remember the command) to do that. Commented Jul 20, 2017 at 10:55
  • @YaroslavNikitenko - with more recent releases (not sure since when though...) you can do it via System Settings, see my updated post. Commented Jul 20, 2017 at 11:18
  • @don_crissti - yes, you are right. I was looking for another setting, how to show date with time. That is not available through System Settings, only through command line. Commented Jul 22, 2017 at 15:16

November 2018, I was about to use your still-an-answer commandline method, dconf-editor, because Date and Time are not in Settings System now. I looked around a little more, and found Date and Time in Details. "Details" is burying the Date and Time format deuce in the details, IMHO. I had given up, until you threw me the bait that got me moving and looking for the setting again.

I checked out dconf-editor. It wasn't here. sudo apt-get install dconf-editor then: org, gnome, desktop, interface, clock format: click on "12 hour" or "24 hour", pick from drop down list of two choices, 12 hour and 24 hour.

dconf-editor did add something. It notified that the re-read for menus in system still needed to be made, though I had made a change before that in Settings.Details.DateAndTime.

  • YES!, thank you. I was going to start mentioning about Gnome being in version 3.123123123 and still having stuff like this around. Commented Dec 4, 2018 at 20:55

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