How to Show Day of Week in Top bar of Ubuntu 20.04 /21.10

Last updated: November 13, 2021 — 4 Comments

Ubuntu by default displays only date and time in the center of top-bar. Users have to click on it to see which day is today in drop-down calendar.

To make life easier, you may configure the GNOME desktop to show the day of week in top-bar. And, here’s how.

Option 1: Single command to Display Weekday in Top bar:

For those familiar with Linux commands, press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open terminal. When it opens, copy and paste the command below and hit run:

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

After that, it shows the weekday name in short (e.g., Sat and Sun) immediately.

Option 2: Toggle Weekday Display via Gnome Tweaks:

The must have GNOME configuration tool ‘Gnome Tweaks’ provides the toggle option for those hate Linux commands. If you don’t have it, search for and install via Ubuntu Software:

Next, press Super/Windows key to bring up activities overview screen. Then search for and launch Gnome Tweaks. Navigate to “Top Bar” from left pane, and then you’ll see the option to toggle “Weekday”.

As you may know, the advanced configuration tool “Dconf Editor” also provides a graphical option to toggle this function at “org/gnome/desktop/interface”, though the previous two methods is good enough to do the trick.

That’s all. A quick glance at screen top now tell you the day of week. Enjoy!


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4 responses to How to Show Day of Week in Top bar of Ubuntu 20.04 /21.10

  1. Thank You for ‘How to Show Day of Week in Top bar of Ubuntu 20.04’ – You are good!
    Stan in Ontonagon, Michigan USA

  2. Gordon (London UK) February 2, 2022 at 11:32 pm

    Thank you! I cannot for the life of me imagine why they didn’t include it by default, but the absence of the day of the week (which is way more useful to me than the numeric date) has been a major irritation ever since I switched to an up-to-date Ubuntu instead of my ancient unsupported version.

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