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Whilst I like the MeMenu, one thing has always bothered me about it; rather then use my actual name, it uses my username.

So, is there anyway to change this?

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There's a bug report about this: – Mihai Capotă Sep 29 '10 at 10:07
up vote 19 down vote accepted

To switch to your actual name enter the following in a console (Applications->Accessories->Terminal) or you can use the gconf-editor:

gconftool -s /system/indicator/me/display --type int 2

And to switch back:

gconftool -s /system/indicator/me/display --type int 1

It is also possible to hide the name altogether and show just the icon:

gconftool -s /system/indicator/me/display --type int 0
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Thank you! I have to wonder why this isn't the default... – Dante Ashton Sep 25 '10 at 14:35
Interestingly it is default on the original mockups. I imagine it's to save space, especially on small screens and netbooks. – 8128 Sep 25 '10 at 14:49
Fluteflute hits the nail on its head with that last answer. – Sense Hofstede Oct 29 '10 at 20:55
This is becoming the default in Natty.… – Scaine Dec 15 '10 at 18:22
It doesn't necessarily save space. I use likewise-open on my work computer, and domain\username is longer than my full name. – misterben Feb 18 '11 at 9:54

Remember, in some cases, using the int 0 can lead to the icon disappearing altogether, so restarting gnome-panel may be necessary for the now nameless icon to reappear.

You can find the process name to kill gnome-panel via

ps -ef | grep panel
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