Changing Short Name?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by Des Zac, Aug 10, 2011.

  1. macrumors regular

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    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?

    Thanks,

    -Zach
     
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    adcx64

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    #2
    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!
     
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    SkippyThorson

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    There is actually an app called 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. :)
     
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