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ChangeShortName for Mac

By Dan FrakesFreeUser Rating

Key Details of ChangeShortName

  • easily change the short username in OS X
  • Last updated on August 25, 2015
  • There have been 4 updates
  • Virus scan status:

    Clean (it's extremely likely that this software program is clean)

Developer's Description

easily change the short username in OS X

One of the most common questions users of Mac OS X ask is "How do I change my short username?" Although OS X provides a simple interface -- the Accounts pane of System Preferences -- for changing a user's long name, there's been no easy way to change the short name of an account once it is created. Until now, that is.

ChangeShortName is an easy-to-use utility that does the dirty work involved in changing the short name of a user's account in Mac OS X (versions 10.4.x and 10.3.x). It can also repair some problems that occur when a user has attempted to change their short username manually and done so incorrectly. For safety, it backs up the NetInfo database beforehand.

Changing your short username is a serious procedure, but ChangeShortName makes doing so easier and safer.

ChangeShortName is "donationware" by James Bucanek and Dan Frakes. Be sure to read the included documentation before using it.

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Full Specifications

May 26, 2007
Latest update
August 25, 2015
Operating System
Mac OS X, Mac OS X 10.3.9, Mac OS X 10.3, Mac OS X 10.4
Additional Requirements
Mac OS X 10.3 or higher
Total Downloads
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