I changed the short username (home folder name) and now I have a problem.

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by GreyFox1221, Jul 7, 2006.

  1. GreyFox1221 macrumors regular

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    I renamed my home folder (in finder I Command+Click'ed it and hit 'Rename') Then my iChat froze and when I started it back up, it was like it was the first time I had opened it. No Chax or anything. I then tried to use the Command+Shift+4 and it didn't work. After that I restarted and my desktop was blank, my menu bar was back to default and Safari and Dashboard were on the dock.
    When I checked my HD under the Users folder i realized that there were two, one was the renamed one and the other was the old named one. The old named one was blank like a new user and the new renamed one had all my files in it (which was a relief.) I deleted my old named one (the one with nothing in it.)
    I then restarted the computer again. This time, the whole dock was reset. It had all the apps in their default position (but it still had all the custom icons I assigned.) Any suggestion to get it back to normal.
     
  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

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    Adelaide, Australia
    #2
    Create a new user account, log into it, change your old short name back to what it used to be and you should be okay. :)
     
  3. iJon macrumors 604

    iJon

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    Remember, after you follow mad jew's advice, make sure that account name changes as well as many other account features are always handled in the "Accounts" feature in System Prefrences.

    jon
     

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