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My panel has a lot of indicators, and my full name is large. Is there a way to set Ubuntu 11.10 to behave like Ubuntu 11.04 and only show my username?

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I'm not sure that you can just display the username due to this bug-report.

However - if you just want to hide your long real-name then

Install dconf editor from software center:

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From the Dash open the dconf-editor:

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navigate to the area shown in the picture and uncheck the option shown.

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You will need to do one of the following for the change to take effect:

  1. run from a terminal killall indicator-session-service or
  2. logout and login
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You can just run killall indicator-session-service to make the changes take effect, instead of logging out. –  Alvin Row Oct 19 '11 at 16:14
    
Excellent advice - just tested this and it works great. Thanks! –  fossfreedom Oct 19 '11 at 16:21
    
Thanks you. I actually like my name on the indicator. But my user name only, as my full name is too long. –  nicocarbone Oct 19 '11 at 18:26
    
As the bug report make clear - the devs made this a design decision - so no you will not be able to have the username. I see in the bug report that someone produced a patch which may give you a hint on what you need to do - you need to compile code to do that. –  fossfreedom Oct 19 '11 at 18:31

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