Referring to the Task Bar of pi's GUI (not the top of open application windows but the screen's task bar), I would like to display a permanent text label so I know which of many boot disks I'm using.

My task bar currently contains application icons on the left, and clock, connections, and audio icons on the right. I know how to add and delete items from the options but am wondering if there is a way to display a text label in the task bar.

I found the same question on another forum https://forums.raspberrypi.com/viewtopic.php?p=1326603#p1326603 but no useful answer there and the topic is now locked.

I have a laborious alternative where I manually edit an image to add the label and use the image as desktop wallpaper but it is often hidden by open windows and I would prefer it to be in the task bar.

Any ideas of how to achieve this gratefully received (pi400, Raspberry Pi OS 32 bit).


After some exploration I have found a config file here:


That begins:

# lxpanel <profile> config file. Manually editing is not recommended.
# Use preference dialog in lxpanel to adjust config when you can.

and contains an entry that might be where I could add something:

Plugin {
  Config {

Has anyone edited this file or knows what properties are available for setting?

  • 2
    This is not specifically about Raspberry Pi but LXDE
    – MatsK
    Commented Dec 22, 2022 at 19:33
  • @MatsK I've added the lxde tag, I'm open to any method, such as some setting I don't know about. Commented Dec 22, 2022 at 20:03
  • this is a Linux related question ... it belongs at unix.stackexchange.com/questions
    – jsotola
    Commented Dec 23, 2022 at 3:21

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AFAIK there is no existing code to "display a permanent text label" although you can kludge by just changing the name of an existing plugin.

I have written a plugin to display hostname and it would be simple to modify to display an arbitrary string.

  • thanks, that looks to be just the thing. I will have a play with it later and report back. Commented Dec 23, 2022 at 10:42

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