How to change the company name and user name in Office 2003

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This step-by-step article describes how to change the name of the company in Office 2003 after setup by modifying the Microsoft Windows registry. This article also explains how to change the user name information.

Note In earlier versions of Office (before Microsoft Office XP), if you want to change the company name that appears on the Office splash screens and in the About program name dialog box on the Help menu (where program name is the program that you are using), you must remove Office, run setup again, and then type a new company name.

How to Change the Company Name

Important This section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up and restore the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
322756 How to back up and restore the registry in Windows


To change the company name that appears in the Office programs, follow these steps:
  1. Click Start, and then click Run.
  2. In the Open box, type regedit and then click OK.
  3. Locate and then click the following key:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{GUID}
    where GUID is the Product Code for the version of Office that is installed; for example, {90280409-6000-11D3-8CFE-0050048383C9}. More than one GUID may be listed under the Uninstall subkey. If you see more than one, select each GUID until you find the one that has the correct product name listed for the DisplayName value; for example, "Microsoft Office Professional Edition 2003".

    If the key is not present, locate and then click the following key:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SOFTWARE/Microsoft/Windows/Current Version/Installer/Userdata/S-1-5-18/Products/{GUID}/InstallProperties
    where GUID is the product code for the version of Office that is installed; for example, {9040820900063D11C8EF00054038389C }. More than one GUID may be listed under the Products subkey. If you see more than one, expand each GUID, and then look in the InstallProperties folder until you find the one that has the correct product name listed for the DisplayName value; for example, "Microsoft Office Professional Edition 2003".
  4. In the Name column, double-click RegCompany.

    Note If you do not locate RegCompany, go back to step 3 and locate and select the other registry key.
  5. Change the text in the Value data box, and then click OK.
  6. Locate and then click the following key:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\11.0\Common\UserInfo
  7. On the Edit menu, click Rename.
  8. Type OldUserInfo, and then press ENTER.
  9. On the Registry menu, click Exit.

    When you start an Office program, the company name that appears reflects the change that you made in step 5.
Note After you follow these steps, if the company name is changed in all programs except one, locate the following key, delete it, and then restart Office:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\11.0\OfficeApp\UserInfo

where OfficeApp is the Office program that still displays the incorrect company name.

How to Change the User Name Information

You can change the user name information in Excel 2003, PowerPoint 2003, and Word 2003. You only have to change the user name in one of these programs to change it for the other Office 2003 programs. To change the user name information, follow these steps.

In Excel 2003

  1. On the Tools menu, click Options.
  2. Click the General tab.
  3. Type the user name information in the User Name box.
  4. Click OK.

In PowerPoint 2003

  1. On the Tools menu, click Options.
  2. Click the General tab.
  3. Type the user name information in the Name box.
  4. Click OK.

In Word 2003

  1. On the Tools menu, click Options.
  2. Click the User Information tab.
  3. Type the user name information in the Name box.
  4. Click OK.

REFERENCES

To receive information about how to change file properties from Microsoft Office Online, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://office.microsoft.com/assistance/hfws.aspx?AssetID=HP030717451033
To receive information about how to add, change, or remove personal information data from Microsoft Office Online, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://office.microsoft.com/assistance/hfws.aspx?AssetID=HP030695661033

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Article ID: 821550 - Last Review: September 12, 2011 - Revision: 3.0
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Office Outlook 2003
  • Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2003
  • Microsoft Office Publisher 2003
  • Microsoft Office Small Business Edition 2003
  • Microsoft Office Basic Edition 2003
  • Microsoft Office Access 2003
  • Microsoft Office Professional Edition 2003
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