Change my shortname

Silent1

macrumors newbie
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Feb 28, 2006
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Davie, FL
I see under accounts that if i want to change my shortname i must delete my account and create a new one, is there a way i can do this without loosing all my settings?
 

WildCowboy

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Jan 20, 2005
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Here is Apple's support page on it.

To sum up: They'll tell you how to do it (in 40 steps), but they really wish you wouldn't.
 

GimmeSlack12

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Apr 29, 2005
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Unless your name is something your really really really really don't like. I would probably not try to change the short name. I have seen a number of threads where people have lost their data because they switch the short name.
 

Silent1

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Original poster
Feb 28, 2006
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Davie, FL
if i create a new account with the shortname i need, is there an easy to transfer my settings/etc to the new account from the old one?
 

wiz7dome

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Sep 15, 2003
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Silent1 said:
if i create a new account with the shortname i need, is there an easy to transfer my settings/etc to the new account from the old one?

You can do that if the new account is an Admin account. I cant remember exactly how I changed mine, but it was along those same lines. Create a new account then drag the folders to the new user account.


I must conquer with the others. Unless you really, really, really, really, want to change it just leave it alone.
 

thewhitehart

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Jul 9, 2005
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Don't change your short name. Moving all of your stuff is dead easy - and you don't even have to change permissions on the new user to do it. Just move all of your current folders into the Drop Box of the new user's public folder. Login to the new user, retrieve your stuff, and put the stuff in their respective folderss. Then delete your old user.
 

twistmac

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Mar 25, 2006
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Fort Collins, CO
Yeah there's really no easy way to change it and all the little tricks that let you do it without creating a new account are pretty dangerous.
 

Craig444

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Jan 23, 2008
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Denver
How to change your short name

Its actualy really easy and i havent had any problems with losing my stuff. go into system preferences and click on accounts. make sure that the lock in the bottom left hand corner is open and ctrl click (the actual ctrl button, not the apple button(not the :apple: button)!) the account you want to change your short name in. then click on advanced settings, after that you can change your short name and other stuff. when your done hit ok and restart, :) :) :) :)
 

WildCowboy

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Notice that you've dredged up an old thread. With Leopard, Apple now provides a way to change the short user name as you described.

At the time this thread was created, people were using Tiger, and changing the short user name improperly resulted in temporary disaster for users.
 

Lewk

macrumors newbie
Jan 5, 2008
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Bolton, UK
I just got my macbook and in my excitement to get going I made a massive typo in my shortname (I didn't think it would be important, just for 'Hi shortname!' type screens, and thus easily changeable) Imagine my surprise when I saw my home directory.

Anyway, I thought as it was a fresh install I could change it using the method describe above and cause very little damage as I had no documents on there.

Is it likely to cause any problems in the future, though? My old home directory is still there, is it safe to delete this? Or should I go through the new user account method to be sure. If I do do this, and delete my old account, will it remove any programs off the hard disk or will they be 'ghost installs' forever?

I'm coming from windows so my mac logic isn't quite what it should be, so please forgive me if these are stupid questions!