What did you name your home folder?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by zooby, May 6, 2009.

  1. zooby macrumors 6502a

    Feb 2, 2008
    First name only? First and last name? Other?

    Also, it isn't recommended to change it, right? I'm just wondering what most people name theirs.

    I named mine my first and last name in lower cases.
  2. bbadalucco macrumors 6502

    Jan 4, 2009
  3. bbadalucco macrumors 6502

    Jan 4, 2009
    Ok, I see you mean the folder not hard drive...I did my first initial and last name so manderson
  4. AppleNewton macrumors 68000


    Apr 3, 2007
    1 Finite Place
    it is not recommended you change it. as it creates problems when sorting files & applications and building libraries.


    that details proper procedures

    honestly its not worth the effort if you have to rename..just create a new user account and drag your files and preferences over.
  5. kdum8 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 8, 2006
    Tokyo, Japan
    My home folder is just my first name only. I can't remember if I named it that myself or if it was automatically assigned when I named my computer on the initial setup.
  6. n-abounds macrumors 6502a


    Mar 6, 2006
    My initials. It's faster to type than my first and/or last name. Plus I think it looks better.
  7. kdum8 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 8, 2006
    Tokyo, Japan
    Ahh you are right. Initials would look better. Too much of a PITA to change mine now though.
  8. zooby thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Feb 2, 2008
    Yeah. Initials would be pretty short. Mine automatically named it my first and last name in lower case letters. Is there a way to change it to my initials? No use in re-doing it though ...
  9. MVApple macrumors 6502a

    Jul 18, 2008
    I just used my first name. When I just got my computer I missed the step where OS X asks you what to name it (or does it even ask?) and figuring out how to change it was the first thing I had to do when getting my Mac. It was a bit of a pita, but since I had just got the computer I created a new account and deleted the first since I had no settings or anything to keep.
  10. magamo macrumors 6502

    Apr 6, 2009
    My first name with the initial letter capitalized. Can't remember when I named it.
  11. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    my initials, which happens to be my nick here :)
  12. Thomas Davie macrumors 6502

    Jan 20, 2004
    Here's a stupid question. What is a 'home folder'? No, I'm not being a smart ass (perhaps a dumbass though). I just bought my Macs, set them up, created a user account and started using them, so......no odea.

  13. neonblue2 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 25, 2006
    Port Pirie, South Australia
    It's the folder that holds all data specific to a user account plus anything you've placed on the Desktop or any of the media/document folders (Movies, Documents, etc). Anything in your home folder is inaccessible to other accounts unless they have the correct privileges.

    Now, mine is just my first and last names.
  14. capriseyhaze macrumors regular


    Mar 3, 2009
    Caprisey Haze the illest rapper alive!!! And also the name of my home folder
  15. crazyrog17 macrumors regular

    Jan 13, 2009
    I have it the same way. I don't like how OS X automatically uncapitalizes it.

    When entering the information at the initial boot, say you enter 'John Doe'. Capitalized... lookin' good.

    OS X should cut the last name and keep the first name capitalized for the home folder's default name.

    So, example: John

    instead of: john doe

    Perhaps I'll go give this to Apple as feedback.
  16. Kronie macrumors 6502a


    Dec 4, 2008
  17. magamo macrumors 6502

    Apr 6, 2009
    I thought the same way. Everything else in the left column of Finder has its initial letter capitalized with the obvious exception of iDisk. Not only Desktop, Download and other usual stuff, but so are Today, Yesterday etc. under SEARCH in the same column. It might just be me, but I don't think having an all-lowercase home folder name along with these should be the default option.

    If you set the location shown on the top of Finder, things get even worse. You'll see something like /User/john/Library/Mail/Signatures and /User/john/Movies.
  18. J the Ninja macrumors 68000

    Jul 14, 2008
    If it's just for typing convenience, remember when typing file paths you can replace the whole path of your home folder with a "~". Both Finder and Terminal will accept this.

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