Custom clock in GNOME

By | December 16, 2008

Want a customized clock and date applet display in the GNOME Panel? Open gconf-editor and go to apps > panel > clock_screen0 > prefs. Edit the format field and type custom in it. Now, in the custom_format field type

<span color=”#333333″>%a %d %b</span> <b>%H:%M</b>

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22 thoughts on “Custom clock in GNOME

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  2. Alex.O


    In my system (Ubuntu 8.10) I have the following path for clock_screen0:
    apps > panel > applets > clock_screen0 > prefs

    Also it works only without ‘span’ tags in the “custom format” field:
    %a %d %b %H:%M

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  8. Tom

    I changed the clock like explained here, but instead of clored text and bold text, I see the HTML tags in the clock area (Ubuntu 8.10)

  9. T4L Post author

    I also use Ubuntu 8.10. If you follow the steps it should work. Check the settings again pls.

  10. AJ

    I couldn’t find the applet prefs as per the instructions above, either, but I did find it eventually.

    In 8.10 this is how I managed to find the custom settings for the clock applet:

    Open up Configuration Editor as usual, go to panel > applets > applet_1 > prefs. Then follow the instructions in the original post. Note that you must remove the span tags in order for it to work in 8.10.

    Hope that helps!

  11. cainmark

    I had the problem when I copied and pasted the information, just seeing the tags. When I typed it out,however, it worked a charm.

    Should be the same, though. I don’t get the difference.

  12. JBu92

    I am also on Ubutnu 8.1, and for those of y’all who’re still seeing the html tags- only certain ones work. works, works, works if you put a space between the %whatever and the

  13. JBu92

    wonderful, the html went through. they work, it’s just difficult. when you first type in the html, leave a space between the tags and the markup, then click OUT of it so it gets applied, then you can go back in and remove the spaces

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  15. John

    I’m using ubuntu 8.10, and i cant seem to get rid of the zero in front of a single digit hour. like 08:30 instead of 8:30. i used %I:%M in the code. is there a way to cut that zero off or a different variable?

  16. T4L Post author

    @John: right-click on the clock in the Panel, chose preferences > 12 hour format

  17. quixote

    I’m with the commenters whose gconf-editor simply does not show the same items everyone else seems to have. Very frustrating!

    /*few minutes later*/

    Run gconf-editor as a regular user, not sudo. Then you won’t have that problem. I’ve finally got my time the way I want it. Oh joy. And curses on the Gnome devs who made it so insanely difficult.

  18. poisonborz

    it’s important to note that you must run gconf-editor *without sudo*, otherwise the desired values above will not appear.

  19. Calin

    Just to clear things up a bit: The time format displayed is used in the “date” command. for a reference you can always type “man date” in a terminal to see all the formatting options. Also, sudo will apply the changes for the root user and not to yours (obviously).


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