View Full Version : Changing Short Name?

Des Zac
Aug 10, 2011, 02:43 PM
As you can see in my post below I recently bought an imac g3 snow running Tiger, I changed all of the info I needed for the account, but I cannot figure out how to change the Short Name, any suggestions?



Aug 10, 2011, 07:40 PM
somebody can correct me if im wrong, but i believe the only way is through the terminal........ google "changing short name in tiger"

hope it helps!

Aug 11, 2011, 02:44 AM
There is actually an app called ChangeShortName (http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/16620/changeshortname), and it works great on Tiger - I've used it in 2 machines. It will work in 10.4 and earlier, but not 10.5.

Supposedly you can change the short name in Leopard right in the User Account in System Preferences, but after trying it a whole bunch of different ways, it doesn't work. I wind up with a fresh Mac and no access to my things until I change it back to exactly what it was.

Actually, in Leopard, I totally reinstalled the OS, and restored all my files from a Time Machine Backup. I used a new short name, and had no problems with anything.

Anyhow, yes, that app does just what it should in Tiger. :)

Aug 11, 2011, 05:59 AM
This worked for me.

Mac OS X v10.6 and earlier: How to change user account name or home directory name (http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1428)