Changing name of home folder in 10.6

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by johnpc, Nov 17, 2010.

  1. johnpc macrumors member

    Jul 15, 2010
    for some reason steve jobs used my email address as the name for my home folder. unfortunately, this is not ideal. i looked it up and there is a way to change it:

    but it doesn't seem updated for 10.6. Also one of the steps is to just rename your home folder which it will not allow me to do. any advice?
  2. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603


    Apr 29, 2005
    San Francisco
    Backup. Backup, backup, backup.

    Backup before you try this, messing with the home folder name can be quite risky. So again, if you try this then make sure you got your stuff saved elsewhere.
  3. johnpc thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 15, 2010
    why was this made so difficult? it seems like just using a first name instead of email address would have made a lot more sense from the beginning. I can't even follow the simple steps on the page. I'm stuck on renaming my current folder, which is made impossible by apple. there's probably a tricky way to "beat" the computer and trick it into letting me rename it, but it says on the site to rename it "like I would any folder" and clearly this is something that I don't want to mess up, although I have backed up.
  4. Mantasis macrumors member

    Dec 25, 2007
    I have the same problem! The home folder on my new MBP has my bro's name on it, and it's irritates the hell out of me (he set it up and realized's my comp!) I've tried everything, even changing the admin name... I don't think you can change it...
  5. johnpc thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 15, 2010
    They should just default name it "home" i've been looking into this online and we're defintiely not the only people frustrated by this
  6. Mantasis macrumors member

    Dec 25, 2007
    ^ I tried right clicking the admin user in my system prefs>accounts window, and advanced showed up. So I went to that and a window with the directory name showed up...seems like the root of our problem...but there's a warning so I haven't touched anything yet...

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