Changing Short Name?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by Des Zac, Aug 10, 2011.

  1. Des Zac macrumors regular

    Jul 20, 2011
    As you can see in my post below I recently bought an imac g3 snow running Tiger, I changed all of the info I needed for the account, but I cannot figure out how to change the Short Name, any suggestions?


  2. adcx64 macrumors 65816


    Nov 17, 2008
    somebody can correct me if im wrong, but i believe the only way is through the terminal........ google "changing short name in tiger"

    hope it helps!
  3. SkippyThorson macrumors 65816


    Jul 22, 2007
    Utica, NY
    There is actually an app called ChangeShortName, and it works great on Tiger - I've used it in 2 machines. It will work in 10.4 and earlier, but not 10.5.

    Supposedly you can change the short name in Leopard right in the User Account in System Preferences, but after trying it a whole bunch of different ways, it doesn't work. I wind up with a fresh Mac and no access to my things until I change it back to exactly what it was.

    Actually, in Leopard, I totally reinstalled the OS, and restored all my files from a Time Machine Backup. I used a new short name, and had no problems with anything.

    Anyhow, yes, that app does just what it should in Tiger. :)

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