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?

  • This isn't anything specific to the 10.8 release...
    – bmike
    Commented Jul 27, 2012 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. Commented Jul 27, 2012 at 5:18
  • I didn't know it wasn't specific to 10.8, but I only noticed it after the upgrade.
    – Stijn.V
    Commented Jul 27, 2012 at 11:20

3 Answers 3

  1. Open System Preferences
  2. Select User & Groups
  3. Select Login Options (not Login Items)
  4. (Click the lock to make changes at the lower left corner of the window)
  5. Uncheck "Show fast user switching menu as ...

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.

  • 1
    Thanks, this worked even when the accepted method didn't. Commented May 17, 2015 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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