I changed the short username (home folder name) and now I have a problem.

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by GreyFox1221, Jul 7, 2006.

  1. GreyFox1221 macrumors regular

    Apr 16, 2005
    I renamed my home folder (in finder I Command+Click'ed it and hit 'Rename') Then my iChat froze and when I started it back up, it was like it was the first time I had opened it. No Chax or anything. I then tried to use the Command+Shift+4 and it didn't work. After that I restarted and my desktop was blank, my menu bar was back to default and Safari and Dashboard were on the dock.
    When I checked my HD under the Users folder i realized that there were two, one was the renamed one and the other was the old named one. The old named one was blank like a new user and the new renamed one had all my files in it (which was a relief.) I deleted my old named one (the one with nothing in it.)
    I then restarted the computer again. This time, the whole dock was reset. It had all the apps in their default position (but it still had all the custom icons I assigned.) Any suggestion to get it back to normal.
  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
    Create a new user account, log into it, change your old short name back to what it used to be and you should be okay. :)
  3. iJon macrumors 604


    Feb 7, 2002
    Remember, after you follow mad jew's advice, make sure that account name changes as well as many other account features are always handled in the "Accounts" feature in System Prefrences.


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