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In Mountain Lion, my full name is displayed at the right of the menu bar (between the time and the search icon, to be specific). As it takes a lot of space, I was wondering if there is a way to hide this?

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This isn't anything specific to the 10.8 release... – bmike Jul 27 '12 at 4:57
It's not, but when I upgraded my MBA to Mountain Lion, OS X turned on fast user switching and the corresponding menu bar extra for me. No idea why it did that; I've never had fast user switching enabled on this laptop, and it only has one user account, so it doesn't even make sense for to be on. – Warren Pena Jul 27 '12 at 5:18
I didn't know it wasn't specific to 10.8, but I only noticed it after the upgrade. – Stijn.V Jul 27 '12 at 11:20
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  1. Open System Preferences
  2. Select User & Groups
  3. Select Login Options
  4. (Click the lock to make changes at the lower left corner of the window)
  5. Uncheck "Show fast user switching menu as ...
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Thanks, this helped me with a reverse problem;) – vektor Nov 2 '12 at 7:24

You just have to press the Command key while dragging the username out of the menu bar like you would to remove a dock item.

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Awesome "trick"! – guptron Aug 8 '13 at 13:14
Thanks, this worked even when the accepted method didn't. – ShreevatsaR May 17 '15 at 22:15

This is the fast user switching menu, which can be Command + dragged off.

Further settings can be accessed through the users & groups pref pane:

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