can i change user's short name?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by snowprof, Nov 2, 2005.

  1. snowprof macrumors newbie

    Nov 2, 2005
    have had a change of heart and want to change my own user's "short name." (os 10.4.3, powerbook g4) i realize that i could delete myself as a user and give myself the new short name, but would that delete all of my files, apps, preferences and so on? please advise.
  2. blueflame macrumors 6502a


    Apr 3, 2003
    Studio City

    you cannot change the short name without creating a new account. there is some complicated way i was taught by apple tech like 4 years ago, im not sure it evne applies, but it has to do with logging into root and going ionto netinfo manager
    be careful though, you can really screw stuff up
  3. Mr_Brightside_@ macrumors 68030


    Sep 23, 2005
    The 6ix
    yeah, be really careful, something like this has happened before to me and my computer got (expletive). what you can do though, is go into (Hard Drive)> User> youruser and single click the name of your user. then you should be able to retype stuff in there. last time i did, it just saved my old user short name's .plist file... good luck
  4. tobefirst macrumors 68040


    Jan 24, 2005
    St. Louis, MO
    I used a utility that I found in an article on MacWorld to change my short user name. It has worked twice flawlessly for me, however, it does say that it could cause problems.

    Here's the article:
  5. Ti_Poussin macrumors regular


    May 6, 2005
    Activate the root, boot in the root account, create a new account with the new names, copy your home folder stuff into the new account, delete the old account.

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