Changing "Short Name" in user account

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Halcyon, Mar 23, 2008.

  1. Halcyon macrumors 6502

    Sep 21, 2006
    Is it possible to change the "short name" of a user account, once it has been created.

    My administrator account name is "Mac 17" and the short name is "Ocean". Short of creatig a second administrator account with any other name, so I can delete the Mac 17 account and afterwards create another administrator account naming it Mac 17 and the short name I need, so I can delete the second account...I can't figure another way to do it. My question is, if this will break any preferences, paths, etc. within the system?

    The reason why I want to do this is more "cosmetic" than anything else. I want one computer to be Mac 17 and short name Ocean 17 and the second one to be Mac 20 and Ocean 20.

  2. ::Lisa:: macrumors 6502a


    Oct 28, 2007
    Nottingham, UK
  3. Halcyon thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 21, 2006
    Yes, home name = short name. Read the article you provided the link to and it is a real PITA!

    Better leave it the way it is and next time think real well before assigning the short name.

    Thanks for your help.
  4. Halcyon thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 21, 2006
  5. skybolt macrumors 6502a

    Feb 20, 2005
    Nashville, TN, USA
    There is/was a little freeware app called ChangeShortName that would do this. Don't know if it has been upgraded for Leopard or not. Have never used it, so can't speak from experience, but might be worth a look.
  6. darthraige macrumors 68000


    Aug 8, 2007
    Coruscant, but Boston will do.
    I just renamed the short name in the finder and it took it. But something weird happened. Not sure if that is the right way to go, or how good that idea worked.

    I myself zipped past the install and it took my full name as the short name. So annoying. I don't want to risk screwing up my system again by changing it, so I might just deal with it. I mean 18 characters is not that bad. :confused:
  7. Mal macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2002
    Yeah, there's a reason why Apple made it so you can't rename the home folder in the Finder in 10.5. Definitely not a good idea. You'll find lots of bad results come from that, the system basically loses where your files are in a lot of instances.


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