Add Multiple Time Zones in Ubuntu Linux - Follow this procedure ?

Are you tired of keeping track of different time zones for your work? 
Have you experienced time mix-ups and missed committed online meetings because of the time difference?

Gnome-clocks is an extremely simple and easy-to-use utility that can help you set up multiple time zones with just a few clicks.

Here at LinuxAPT, as part of our Server Management Services, we regularly help our Customers to perform related Linux system tools configuration queries.

In this context, we shall look into how you can set the multiple time zones right there on your Linux desktop bar.

What you need before setting Time Zones in Linux ?

Here, we will be working in GNOME desktop environments. GNOME desktop environments is a user-friendly desktop utility that offers the more traditional look and feel of the desktop. If you do not have a GNOME desktop environment on your system, You can follow the tutorial here.

You will need the following before working with Time Zones settings:

  • Linux-based system.
  • Terminal access.
  • A user account with sudo privileges.

How to Install Gnome-clocks on your Linux system ?

Once you have logged into the GNOME desktop environment, you can install the gnome-clocks software through the command-line interface (CLI) or graphical user interface (GUI) according to your preferences.

To install it through the command-line interface, use the following command in the terminal:

$ sudo apt install gnome-clocks

Alternatively, to install gnome-clocks through a graphical user interface, you can search for it in the software manager.

Once you find the software, open it and click on the Install.

After you click Install, you will be prompted for authentication. So enter your Password to continue.

Once you are done with authentication, gnome-clock will be installed on your system. Now you are ready to set up the multiple time zones with your clock timing.

How to Set Multiple Time Zones With Gnome-clocks ?

  • To begin, Search and open Clocks software from the Applications.
  • On opening, you will see the blank screen. Go to the "+" icon in the top left corner of the window to add and set up the new time zone.
  • You will see places with different geographic regions, select the geographic region with the desired timezone.
  • Note: We recommend setting your current time zone as the first time zone as you will be shown that in the desktop bar consistently.
  • You can set up as many time zones as you want by repeating the above method.
  • Once you are done with adding time zones, close the gnome clocks. Click on the time displayed in the top right corner of your desktop. You can see a drop-down window with the different time zones you have set up under.
  • Finally, You will see a number with "-" or "+" sign next to the time. This icon refers to the time zone difference in hours from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) or Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) which are different time standards.

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This article covers how Gnome-clocks can help keep track of time in multiple time zones for you. Now you can keep up with your work meetings and deadlines across the globe with a simple click. You can explore and use Gnome-clocks other features like timer, stopwatch, and Alarms and get a hundred percent performance out of it.

To install GNOME Clocks, simply run the below commands:

$ sudo apt install gnome-clocks

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