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Jan 27, 2013 4:39 AM

In "Message", when I send a message to some one, it comes up as a shorten version of my name, so for example, "scooby" but my full name is scoobydoo.

I would like to change it to my full name EG: scoobydoo.

can any one tell me how to do this please?

Many thanks for any help.

MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • RodneyW Level 4 Level 4 (3,030 points)
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    Jan 27, 2013 4:58 AM (in response to DoogyDawg)

    Assuming that you are using an iMessage account:

     

    From within "Messages", click on the Messages menu and select Preferences.  Then click on Accounts.  Select your iMessage account, and click on "Details..." .  Login with your user name and password.  Set your name and save.

     

    Cheers,


    Rodney

  • Ralph Johns (UK) Level 9 Level 9 (66,835 points)
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    Jan 27, 2013 2:19 PM (in response to DoogyDawg)

    HI,

     

    Should I run ??? 

     

    OK.  Are we in the Main Message Window ?

    What sort of Account are you Chatting from ?

    Are you talking about how your appear in the Chat ?

     

    There is a setting in the View Menu that says Buddy Names

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    This can change what you see in the Chat and Buddy lists for the Names

    "Handles" is Screen Names from AIM or IDs from Jabber of Yahoo.

    "Full Name" is as the First Name and Last Name in the Contacts List.

    "Shortname" can be a Nickname or the First Name  if a Nickname has not been set up.

     

    In a Buddy List right click a Buddy

    Then use CMD and i together (Get Info)

    In the Info Card that appears set it to Address Card if not already set.

    There is a box here for Nicknames.

    This will add it to the Contacts app card even if you have not set the Contacts Preferences to have a Nickname field.

     

    As you can "fool" the Contacts app by putting both First Name and Last Name in the same text field you can end up with separate address Cards for the same person but with different info on them.

    I have done this for myself.

    In means in some pics I look like the Shortname choice is not working

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    Despite have the same pic these two Chats are between two AIM Accounts that are on two Address Cards  (Messages will not let you set different pics for different accounts unlike iChat did ).

    So as both these account are being used in Messages they get the same pic.

    However one of the Address Card has "Ralph Johns" as the First Name  where ans the other has "Ralph" and ths Last Name  as "Johns"

     

    Note:- on the left hand side of the Chat I  am "Ralph" as the Buddy and not "Ralph Johns"

     

    As far as I can tell this choice works with the iMessages account as well (Via the Messages window)

     

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    Please, if posting Logs, do not post any Log info after the line "Binary Images for iChat"

     

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  • Ralph Johns (UK) Level 9 Level 9 (66,835 points)
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    Jan 28, 2013 12:29 PM (in response to DoogyDawg)

    HI,

     

    Just to confirm that it is pulling the name displayed from the Contacts list.

    If this happens to have just "Steve" as the Name (no Last Name) then that will show in the Chat as the name.

     

    I did go with the what I thought was more likely that a setting had been changed.

     

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    8:29 PM      Monday; January 28, 2013


    Please, if posting Logs, do not post any Log info after the line "Binary Images for iChat"

     

      iMac 2.5Ghz 5i 2011 (Mountain Lion 10.8.2)
     G4/1GhzDual MDD (Leopard 10.5.8)
     MacBookPro 2Gb (Snow Leopard 10.6.8)
     Mac OS X (10.6.8),
     Couple of iPhones and an iPad

    "Limit the Logs to the Bits above Binary Images."  No, Seriously

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