How to change your account username on a Windows 10 computer without getting lost in menus

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When you sign into your user account on a Windows 10 computer, you can see that your account has a name. You choose this name when you set up the computer, and it's often tied to your Microsoft account.

If you have administrator access, it's possible to change your user account's name. This won't change the name of your user folder — the place where all your files are kept — but it will change your account name.

If you're just looking to change the account name, there's a very easy (but not intuitive) way to do it in Windows 10.

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How to change your account name on Windows 10

1. Press Windows Key + R, or search for the "Run" application in the Start Menu.

2. Type "control userpasswords2" into the search field and hit Enter.

3. This should open a menu labelled "User Accounts." Click the username you want to change, and select "Properties."

4. In the new menu that pops up, change the account username in the first text field to the new one you want.

This should be the windows you're looking at. I've given my name an uppercase first letter.

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5. Select "Apply," then "OK" to close out of both boxes.

6. Your username should change as soon as you next sign out.

Changing the Full Name textbox will change what shows up on the sign in screen. This will require signing out and signing back in, so make sure you save everything first.

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If you want to change the name of your user folder as well, don't just rename it like you would any other folder — this could corrupt your files. Instead, create a new profile and copy your files over.

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