Changing Username in Leopard

Discussion in 'macOS' started by omarjk, Jun 2, 2008.

  1. omarjk macrumors regular

    Jan 20, 2008
    London, UK
    Hi this should have been quite straightforward to me but I have been having problems.

    Can one change the name of the main 'User' in the Macintosh HD/Users/'insert your username' folder. I can alter the name of the main administrator and the username in 'Accounts', but would I need to reinstall Leopard in order to alter the aforementioned folder name?

    The error message that I receive is '"x' cannot be modified or deleted as it is required by Mac OS X".

  2. chscag macrumors 68030


    Feb 17, 2008
    Fort Worth, Texas
    You would have to create a new account with a new user name (if I understand your question correctly) and afterward, remove the old account. You can accomplish all that from System Preferences, Accounts. Click on the small lock at the bottom of the dialog and give your Admin password to make any changes to accounts.

  3. omarjk thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 20, 2008
    London, UK
    Thanks chacsg.

    Will that result in programs such as Office 2004 having to be reinstalled or will the programs still be present?

    If there is a chance they will not be can I then check before deleting the original account that they will continue to function?

    You see, it is all a matter of whether or not it is too much hassle to go ahead.
  4. edesignuk Moderator emeritus


    Mar 25, 2002
    London, England
    What you're looking to do is change your short user name.

    This should help you, but it's not that simple.
  5. richard.mac macrumors 603


    Feb 2, 2007
    51.50024, -0.12662
    have a look at here

    it is possible to change your name in Leopard without adding a new account.

    EDIT: ^GRRR!
  6. Lord Zedd macrumors 6502a

    Lord Zedd

    Oct 24, 2007
    Denver, Colorado
  7. sOwL macrumors 6502


    Sep 25, 2007
    Nerd Cave
    Indeed, you can, and you dont rly have to create a new account, creating a new account isnt rly changing anything (thats what apple reccomends though). Ive been able to do that with no problems on tiger with an app called "ChangeShortName". If its available for leopard, then go for it. But be aware, the first couple of days it will be anoying because some programs which have set directories will "remember" the old username, and will create new folders/directories so you have to change them. Best of luck
  8. omarjk thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 20, 2008
    London, UK
    Thanks for your input s0wl.

    Edesignuk and richthomas: assuming that you are au fait with the procedure in the article which you helpfully linked, I have followed it up to the stage that involves Terminal without encountering any problems- after all it is not the most complicated set of instructions- however, after I enter:

    sudo mv /Users/myoldusername /Users/mynewusername

    I am warned about the dangers of playing with sudo codes etc but at enter password the keyboard responds to nothing save 'enter' at which point I get 'incorrect password entered', as obviously nothing has been entered.

    Nobody appears to have had this issue from the article comments. Do you have any suggestions?
  9. omarjk thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 20, 2008
    London, UK
    It's not an ideal solution but if I reset my password so that one is not set I can bypass the keyboard-bar-'Enter'-key-freeze in Terminal at the password stage. Although it still loads up with none of the original preferences I am sure with some at times tedious work I could go about correcting the files.

    The puzzling issue is that the same problem occurred on both a MacBook Air and a MacBook.

    Thanks for your help.
  10. D-Love macrumors regular

    Jan 15, 2008
    Found this on a search, I do not mind my short username but I hate my MacBook Pro name. Its my first and last name in all CAPS and I see it when I view "About this Mac" and I see it when my MBP does its Time Machine backup. I hate the all CAPS and wondered if there was a way to change that to upper/lower case without reinstalling my whole damn OS, lol.

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