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jloc2013 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

How do I change my computer's name?  I have already changed it in Preferences - Sharing, but I still get the name of my daughter in the file://localhost/Users/monicaoliveros/Desktop/Screen%20Shot%202013-06-01%20at%2 010.44.39%20PM.png


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  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (246,455 points)

    This is not the Computer Name. This is an account short name. You are using your daughter's account, not your own account. Create a new admin user account in your name and password. Log into the new account. Delete your daughter's account.

     

    If you have data and files in your daughter's account you need to transfer into your new account, then see Transferring files from one User Account to another.

  • frederic1943 Level 6 Level 6 (9,980 points)

    Here are the instructions from Apple on changing user short name or home directory name. I've used this on a couple of used MacBooks I've bought on eBay. And remember to go into System Preferences>Sharing and change the Computer Name in there.
    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1428

  • jloc2013 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I have already created a new user to my name as an administrator, I have set it up to log to my name, I have changed the account's name to my name, I have restarted the computer, but, the home directory (Advanced options at users to my name) continues being  /Users/monicaoliveros and therefore the "little house icon" in Finder continues appearing to the name of Monicaoliveros instead of my name, what is rather annoyting,  The sharing name of the computer was also changed to my name, ubt that oesn't change anything.  The name of my daughter does not even appear anymore in the login options.

    I am afraid that if I cannot change this Home Directory's name.  If I cannot change the name, the only solution might be to create a new directory, in other words, big mess.

    Anything I can do short of reinstallng the operating systen and redoing the computer ????  (I have enough things to do)

  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (246,455 points)

    Then you are not actually logging into your new account, but into your daughter's account. What version of OS X are you using, btw?

     

    Open Accounts or Users & Groups preferences. In the users list on the left how many accounts are listed? One should be for your daughter. A second should be Guest. Is there a third account that you created?

  • jloc2013 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Version 10.7.5

    The accounts listed are only mine (as an administrator) and Guest users with only read permission

  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (246,455 points)

    And when you restart the computer this is the account you are logged into? And, you have changed the Computer Name in the Sharing preferences? So where, exactly, do you find your daughter's account name?

  • jloc2013 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks very much but the instructions do not seem to fit my IOSx 10.7.5, I follow them to the point of Directory Utility and there I cannot see how to follow anymore.

    Lost !!!!

  • jloc2013 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    In Finder, the "little house" indicating the mother and origin of all directories,

  • jloc2013 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    It is bound to show my daughter's name in the HOme directory because I have not changed its name (if I do, the computer will get lost unless make a change to a new one, which would mean a big operation).  This Home Directory appears by clicking the right Mouse botton in User Luis Oliveros, the account I am logged in

  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (246,455 points)

    In the Finder's sidebar or in the /Users/ folder? If in the sidebar then drag that listing out of the sidebar. If in the /Users/ folder then there is only one account there, and that is your daughter's account or your account?

  • jloc2013 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    This is probably a simple move in UNIX but I do not feel confident enough to play and change things in UNIX

  • jloc2013 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    In the finder's side bar.  If I drag it out, I will be left with no "Little house" Directory

  • jloc2013 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    In th eUsers account there is only one account there and it is mine (and Guests)

  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (246,455 points)

    I'm completely lost. In reality you have to user accounts: yours and your daughter's. When you look in the /Users/ folder at the root of the hard drive there are two folders. One looks like a standard folder. The other has a "house" icon. The latter is the currently logged in account. Under each folder is the account name. Whose name is under the "house" folder?

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