What is the most effective way to change my username ?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by XPcentric, Aug 2, 2014.

  1. XPcentric macrumors 6502

    Oct 16, 2008
    Let me tell you first what I want.

    I know its possible to make a new user and delete the current one, but I'm not sure I'd be able to remember all configurations and preferences.

    If I changed the name in system preferences, I don't know if that would change it everywhere, or if the old username would still show up anywhere on my system. For now I'm mainly interested to have a new user in terminal, because the current one is too long.
  2. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

    Jessica Lares

    Oct 31, 2009
    Near Dallas, Texas, USA
    Changing it via Terminal most definitely should work well. The school misspelled my dad's name and it was just a few commands to correct it and add the missing letter across the system.
  3. Weaselboy, Aug 2, 2014
    Last edited: Aug 2, 2014

    Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    Just follow this support doc from Apple to do it. The new name will be shown across the system.

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