I would like to see my username in the top panel of Xenial Xerus. By default it is not present, as this screenshot demonstrates:

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How can I place the logged in username there and then easily reverse this if I want? I am interested in both command line and gui solutions.

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The standard (and easiest) way to display your user name in the Unity panel is to launch System Settings and go to User Accounts.

You can see a checkbox at the bottom of the window that says

Show my login name in the menu bar

Simply enable that checkbox and your display name appears in the top right corner of your screen.

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The username of the currently logged in user can easily be placed in the top panel by using either:

  1. A purely command line method
  2. A gui method

1. Command line method:

Open a Terminal window with the key combination Ctrl+Alt+T and run the following command:

gsettings set com.canonical.indicator.session show-real-name-on-panel true

Below is a screenshot to demonstrate the successful result:

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And this can be easily be subsequently reversed by running the following command in a Terminal window:

gsettings set com.canonical.indicator.session show-real-name-on-panel false

Easy enough to do but some will always prefer a gui solution:

2. Gui method:

If you prefer to accomplish this from a gui install the unity-tweak-tool as follows:

sudo apt-get install unity-tweak-tool

The required setting can be found by opening the Tweak Tool and then following this path:

Unity >> Panel >> Indicators

The exact setting is illustrated in the screenshot below:

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And of course the Unity Tweak Tool will allow many,many other small refinements...

  • Why are you suggesting that complicated methods? There's a far easier way to achieve this.
    – Byte Commander
    Commented Jul 5, 2016 at 9:16
  • Anyway to get the root user's name up there? (No trolls please.)
    – gone
    Commented Jul 18, 2018 at 15:53

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