How to change MacBook Username?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by pinoyplaya, Mar 25, 2009.

  1. pinoyplaya macrumors regular

    Mar 16, 2009
    Hey everyone. I got my MacBook yesterday and during the Mac Setup as I first booted the device, it asked me for information including my mac user id (the one I use for iTunes purchases and etc). Now, I didnt know that my computer would have this as its directory. Because I use my e-mail account as my username on iTunes.

    When I click on the finder, it shows my e-mail address under "Places" but without the and etc.

    So how do I go about changing that to something else? Any ideas?

  2. Prekesh macrumors regular

    Jan 12, 2009
    i have the same 'problem' it has my name in lowercaps, prekeshchavda, and it looks really stupid.
  3. yellow Moderator emeritus


    Oct 21, 2003
    Portland, OR
    The "short username" is always in lowercase letters.
    This is just a system tradition from the UNIX world and I don't think there's anyway to change that.

    However, if you want to change your short username, here some instructions:
  4. JamesGorman macrumors 65816


    Dec 31, 2008
    you just gotta catch that page during set up. I changed mine to just say "James" instead of jamesgorman, which to me looks stupid with no upper case and no space in it.
  5. angemon89 macrumors 68000


    Feb 5, 2008
    The place where Apple designs stuff
    I too mistakenly put my email address as my short name 2 years ago when I got my first Mac. It bothers me to this day. When snow leopard is out, I think I will start fresh with a new user and transfer my files over manually. That way I get rid of my horrible short name.
  6. Macman756 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 24, 2008
    Atlanta, GA
    Yup, short names can't be change, you can always erase and reinstall. I do that once a year or every new OS.
  7. pinoyplaya thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 16, 2009
    Well... I just got mine yesterday.. though I dont know if its worth all the hassle to restore lol. Its not like its gonna matter anyway :(

    Though I would really love to have it changed haha. Without the need to restore of course.
  8. lankox macrumors 6502

    Jul 5, 2007
    What about System Preferences - Accounts - Click on lock and input password - right click main account - advanced options - change short user name?
  9. Prekesh macrumors regular

    Jan 12, 2009
    oh yeah, that might work, but its all "OMG IF U CHANGE UR MAC GONNA DIE"

  10. nuttyboy78 macrumors newbie

    Aug 22, 2007
    Well, if you haven't installed too much software already, just create another admin account under the name that you actually want and then delete the one with the crazy name. No need to reinstall.

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