Leopard home name

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Charliekid21, Dec 24, 2007.

  1. Charliekid21 macrumors regular

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    This has been bugging me beyond belief!
    When i am in the finder my home folder name is ownerowner along with a few other things. IS THERE ANYWAY TO CHANGE THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! any help will be appreciated. Thankyou:confused:
     
  2. EricNau Moderator emeritus

    EricNau

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    #2
    Generally, you should NEVER change the name of your home folder (also known as your short username). In fact, Leopard won't even allow you to.

    See this discussion at Apple: Link
     
  3. killmoms macrumors 68040

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    That just means you SET your login name as something that got shortened to that. You should've set it to, say, maybe your name or something.

    And no, you can't change the name of your home folder without really mucking things up.
     
  4. swiftaw macrumors 603

    swiftaw

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    #4
    Actually, in Leopard, you can:

    Goto System Preferences >> Accounts

    Click the padlock and authenticate.

    The right click any user...

    Then choose "Advanced Options" from the popup menu...

    From here you can modify your home directory's location and edit your short name

    However there is a warning:

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    Changing these settings might damage this account so that you cannot log in using this account. You must restart your computer to use changes to these settings.
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  5. Charliekid21 thread starter macrumors regular

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    well this is a used macbook i got from ebay so i didnt really get to choose the names they used.
     
  6. gauchogolfer macrumors 603

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    If I got a used machine I'd reinstall OSX first thing, if I were you.
     
  7. Charliekid21 thread starter macrumors regular

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    well it has a fresh install of leopard and i dont really feel like spending more money for something i already have
     
  8. gauchogolfer macrumors 603

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    So they didn't give you the Leopard disks when you purchased it? Sounds like you ought to contact them and get them sent out ASAP.
     
  9. yippy macrumors 68020

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    If you are really desperate you can always create a new user account. Move your important data over to it, and then delete the account you don't like the name of.
     

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