Editing Shortname in Accounts

Discussion in 'Mac OS X 10.3 (Panther) Discussion' started by kenyabob, Dec 24, 2003.

  1. kenyabob macrumors regular

    Jul 13, 2003
    San Francisco
    How do I change my shortname in my accounts menu, its has my full name which I dont want....
  2. psycho bob macrumors 6502a

    psycho bob

    Oct 25, 2003
    Leeds, England
    you don't, or more precisely you can't. You want to change this then reinstall the OS.
  3. OutThere macrumors 603


    Dec 19, 2002
    I had always wondered if there was a way to change the short name. That sucks.
  4. The Void macrumors regular

    The Void

    Oct 29, 2003
    There is a way to do it - It was in Macworld a few issues back. It's a workaround though, involving setting up a new account, copying files, changing names, etc, etc.... Sorry, can't remember more, but it IS possible.

    The Void
  5. KershMan macrumors 6502

    Feb 10, 2003
    VA, USA
    I would think the way to do it is in Netinfo Manager. Navigate to users and then the user account you want. Click the lock to unlock and enter an adminstrator login.

    Change name, which is the shortname, to what you want.

    But be very careful, you can easily screw up the account if you make too many changes here. You could also change the home directory and copy everthing over, but you may or may not need to change permissions after the move.

    I haven't tried this, but it seems to me this would be the way it could work.

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