How to Show Weekday on the Top Menu bar in Ubuntu Linux

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The article provides a guide on how to display or hide the day of the week on the top menu bar of an Ubuntu Linux desktop. It explains how to use the Terminal app for this purpose, typing specific commands to enable or disable the feature. The article additionally suggests the use of Dconf Editor…

This article explains the steps to show or hide the day of the week on the Top menu bar on an Ubuntu Linux desktop.

Ubuntu Linux default displays the system time in a 24-hour or military time format on the top menu bar. Therefore, the only information on the top menu bar is the clock.

Users can also choose to display the current weather forecast of their city on the top menu bar. The system clock and weather information will be displayed and readily available when they do.

For those who also want to display the days of the week (Weekday) on the top menu bar, the steps below show them how to do it.

Show the day of the week on the top menu bar on Ubuntu Linux

As described above, users can change the system clock format and add weather information on the top menu bar to get information quickly.

Here’s how to show the day of the week on the top menu bar.

First, open the Terminal app in Ubuntu Linux.

You can do that by pressing the Super key (or Windows key) to show the Overview screen. Then use the search box to search for ‘Terminal. ‘

Select the Terminal app to launch.

Ubuntu Linux activities overview Terminal search
Ubuntu Linux activities overview Terminal search

Alternatively, press the keyboard shortcut (CTRL + ALT + T) on your keyboard to launch the Terminal app.

When the Terminal app opens, type the commands below to display the days of the week on the top menu bar.

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

To reverse and not show the day of the week (weekday), run the commands below.

gsettings reset org.gnome.desktop.interface clock-show-weekday

Show weekday on the top menu bar using the Dconf Editor

You can also use Dconf Editor to make typical system changes if you can’t use the command Terminal app.

If you are familiar with Windows, you know about Windows Registry Editor.

Ubuntu Linux doesn’t have a registry database to configure hidden system settings. Howerver, Ubuntu Linux uses the Dconf Editor tool to change low-level system configurations and settings.

You can call it a Ubuntu Linux Registry Editor because it provides similar functionality without a massive Windows system database.

To use Dconf Editor, you must first install it since it doesn’t come with Ubuntu Linux.

Read the post below to learn how to install software on Ubuntu Linux.

How to add or remove software on Ubuntu Linux

In the Ubuntu Software app, search for Dconf Editor to install.

ubuntu linux decon editor install
Ubuntu Linux decon editor install

After installing and launching the Dconf Editor app, navigate to the path below:

org -> gnome -> desktop -> interface -> clock-show-weekday

On the clock-show-weekday Dconf settings on the list, toggle the button to the On position to enable.

To disable it, toggle the button back to the Off position.

Ubuntu Linux show weekday on top menu bar
Ubuntu Linux show weekday on the top menu bar

Once enabled, you should see the day of the week on the top bar, as highlighted below.

Ubuntu Linux with weekday on top menu bar
Ubuntu Linux with weekday on the top menu bar

That should do it!

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to show or hide the days of the week on the top menu bar on Ubuntu Linux. Please use the comment form below if you find any errors above or have something to add.

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