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how do i change my name on my account ?

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Pnut,

Your Username [Account Name] is forever.... However you can change your Display Name. Here are the details from:

http://community.secondlife.com/t5/English-Knowledge-Base/Usernames-and-display-names/ta-p/700173

Please Note: Changes to your display name may take up to 24 hours to propagate  throughout all of Second Life's systems.

 

Showing or hiding others' usernames

nametags prefs.pngYou can't control the display of your username to other Residents, but you can control whether you see others' usernames and whether you see your own name.

To show or hide usernames inworld, both above other avatars and in chat:

  1. Log into Second Life.
  2. Choose Me > Preferences from the top menu.
  3. Click the General tab.
  4. Select the Usernames checkbox. If the box is checked, usernames are shown. If the box is not checked, usernames are hidden.
  5. Click OK.

 

usernames.png

A club scene showing usernames and display names is illustrated at left.  In this image, some usernames are blurred.  Notice that only the username is shown above avatars who haven't set a display name.

Display names

Your display name is:

  • A name you choose shown to other avatars in the Second Life virtual world.
  • A string of characters up to 31 characters long  that contains at least one alphanumeric character. It can include most Unicode script characters, spaces, and some punctuation.
  • Distinct from the username you use to log in.
  • Not necessarily unique; other avatars may have the same display name as you.

 

You can choose whether or not to show other Residents' display names and usernames inworld. If you choose to view display names or usernames, they appear in the name tags above every avatar and in chat.

Allowed characters

In addition to letters and numbers, you can use the following characters in your display name:

  • ' (apostrophe)
  • - (hyphen-minus)
  • . (full stop)
  • : (colon)
  • · (middle dot)
  • ֊ ֊ (Armenian hyphen)
  • ֜ (Hebrew geresh)
  • ״ (Hebrew gershayim)
  • (Tibetan tsheg)
  • - (hyphen)
  • (right single quotation mark)
  • (hyphenation point)
  • = (katakana-hiragana double hyphen)
  • · (katakana middle dot)

Setting or changing your display name

You can change your display name once every seven days, but you can Reset It at any time, which makes it appear as your "classic" Second Life first name and last name, or your username.

To set or change your display name:

  1. Log into Second Life.
  2. In the Second Life Viewer, click Me > Profile... or profile1.jpg in the toolbar.
  3. Click Edit Profile.
  4. Click Display Name.
  5. Type the desired display name in the field under New Display Name.
  6. Type the name again to confirm.
  7. Click Save.

To reset your display name to its default (the same as your username) in the Edit Profile page, click Reset.

Alternatively, you can set or reset your display name on your profile web page:

https://my.secondlife.com/your.user.name

Where your.user.name is your username.

32px-KBnote.png Note: Changes to your display name may take up to 24 hours to propagate  throughout all of Second Life's systems.

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Pnut,

Your Username [Account Name] is forever.... However you can change your Display Name. Here are the details from:

http://community.secondlife.com/t5/English-Knowledge-Base/Usernames-and-display-names/ta-p/700173

Please Note: Changes to your display name may take up to 24 hours to propagate  throughout all of Second Life's systems.

 

Showing or hiding others' usernames

nametags prefs.pngYou can't control the display of your username to other Residents, but you can control whether you see others' usernames and whether you see your own name.

To show or hide usernames inworld, both above other avatars and in chat:

  1. Log into Second Life.
  2. Choose Me > Preferences from the top menu.
  3. Click the General tab.
  4. Select the Usernames checkbox. If the box is checked, usernames are shown. If the box is not checked, usernames are hidden.
  5. Click OK.

 

usernames.png

A club scene showing usernames and display names is illustrated at left.  In this image, some usernames are blurred.  Notice that only the username is shown above avatars who haven't set a display name.

Display names

Your display name is:

  • A name you choose shown to other avatars in the Second Life virtual world.
  • A string of characters up to 31 characters long  that contains at least one alphanumeric character. It can include most Unicode script characters, spaces, and some punctuation.
  • Distinct from the username you use to log in.
  • Not necessarily unique; other avatars may have the same display name as you.

 

You can choose whether or not to show other Residents' display names and usernames inworld. If you choose to view display names or usernames, they appear in the name tags above every avatar and in chat.

Allowed characters

In addition to letters and numbers, you can use the following characters in your display name:

  • ' (apostrophe)
  • - (hyphen-minus)
  • . (full stop)
  • : (colon)
  • · (middle dot)
  • ֊ ֊ (Armenian hyphen)
  • ֜ (Hebrew geresh)
  • ״ (Hebrew gershayim)
  • (Tibetan tsheg)
  • - (hyphen)
  • (right single quotation mark)
  • (hyphenation point)
  • = (katakana-hiragana double hyphen)
  • · (katakana middle dot)

Setting or changing your display name

You can change your display name once every seven days, but you can Reset It at any time, which makes it appear as your "classic" Second Life first name and last name, or your username.

To set or change your display name:

  1. Log into Second Life.
  2. In the Second Life Viewer, click Me > Profile... or profile1.jpg in the toolbar.
  3. Click Edit Profile.
  4. Click Display Name.
  5. Type the desired display name in the field under New Display Name.
  6. Type the name again to confirm.
  7. Click Save.

To reset your display name to its default (the same as your username) in the Edit Profile page, click Reset.

Alternatively, you can set or reset your display name on your profile web page:

https://my.secondlife.com/your.user.name

Where your.user.name is your username.

32px-KBnote.png Note: Changes to your display name may take up to 24 hours to propagate  throughout all of Second Life's systems.

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