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How can I set the clock to display 12-hour format? Example 1:45 PM instead of 13:45.

My Language & Region settings are: Language: English; Numbers and dates: Spanish (Mexico)

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To select the 12-hour format:

gsettings set com.canonical.indicator.datetime time-format 12-hour

To return to the 24-hour format:

gsettings set com.canonical.indicator.datetime time-format 24-hour
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  • For some reason the clock actually disappeared after trying the first line. Now I went to Dconf-editor and looked under com.canonical.indicator.datetime and show-clock is true so I don't know what's wrong... – Jorge Jul 26 '15 at 20:17
  • @Jorge, probably it's a bug. On Launchpad, there are some ways to get around it. – png2378 Jul 27 '15 at 5:16
  • @PNG Yes, apparently the bug was triggered and I solved it with Comment 8's fix, except that I chose "en_MX.UTF-8" instead of the suggested en_US value. The clock shows as 12-hour format now, except that it doesn't display AM or PM, even though I made sure %l:%M %p is set for custom-time-format. I wonder what else is broken... – Jorge Jul 27 '15 at 22:31
  • this answer does not work with elementary OS 0.4.1 – Edward Torvalds Oct 9 '17 at 13:45
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If you go to System Settings > Date & Time, at the bottom there is "Time Format:" just change that to AM/PM.

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  • I'm using elementary Freya and i don't have this option, are you sure about this? – Bilal Elmoussaoui Jul 26 '15 at 18:47
  • This option is present in Luna, but not in Freya. – png2378 Jul 26 '15 at 19:11
  • It is present on Freya also, it is what I am currently using. – Jason Lysinger Jul 26 '15 at 20:11
  • @JasonLysinger did you add the daily PPA to your sources? – Rafael Jul 26 '15 at 20:14
  • @Rafael, I did not add the daily PPA. This option has always been available to me straight from first install. – Jason Lysinger Jul 26 '15 at 20:16

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