How to setup additional timezones in Gnome

Updated: September 11, 2010

What do you do if you have to communicate with people in different time zones, be they friends, family or co-workers in remote branches of your company? Well, the answer is quite simple. You set your operating system clock to monitor multiple time zones, so you can manage meetings more effectively, as well as avoid embarrassing midnight calls.

The only question left is: how do you do that? In Windows? In Linux? Gnome? KDE? Windows, I really can't say, I have not explored this option yet. KDE, same answer. So we're left with Gnome. Today, I'll show you how to configure your system clock to track multiple time zones, including fancy day-night transitions, weather reports and more.


I will be demonstrating using the latest Linux Mint release, Isadora. Follow me.

Setup multiple time locations

The first thing you want to do is right click on the time & date icon in the panel and choose Preferences. Under General tab, you can setup what your time & date icon will display.


The third tab lets you choose the units, as well as customize the weather reports. But what we really want is the middle tab, titled Locations. Click Add.


Next, choose your desired time zone. You can either type the name of the place and grab the right option from the drop down menu, use a fixed time zone or even go as far as setting up the latitude and longitude coordinates. P.S. If you do that, you're a geek.


Here's an example - San Fransisco.


Once done configuring, go back to your desktop and click on the time icon to expand its view. Now, for the first time, above the calendar, you will see the day and night world map, as well as an analog clock displaying the selected location time. Pretty neat.


Add a few more and you become an international man of mystery:

More timezones

And if you hover the mouse pointer above the time & date icon, you'll get a brief tooltip displaying weather results for the currently selected timezone. Now, if there's one thing I would change a bit, it would be making the tooltip hover higher up so it does not conceal the icons, but that's just me.



Well, time to end another short and useful tutorial. I hope you liked the content. With multiple timezones configured in your panel, you should manage the global span of your friends and colleagues more easily. And in a world undergoing rapid globalization, this becomes even more important.

Take care!


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