How to change your Microsoft account display name

Applies to: Microsoft Account

Change display name

  • You use your display name whenever you sign in to your account. It's also the name you see on your Windows 10 devices, and it's the name people see when you send emails. This name may differ from your local account's display name.
  • Here's how to change your display name if you're signed in to your Microsoft account:
    • Sign in to the Your info page on the Microsoft account website.
    • Under your name, select Edit name. If there’s no name listed yet, select Add name. 
    • Enter the name you want, then type the CAPTCHA and select Save. Some names may not be allowed if they contain blocked words or phrases. If you get an error when you enter your name, try a nickname instead.
  • If the display name doesn't change right away, or if the old name is still showing in emails, your information may be cached. To get the name to update quickly, you can switch to your local account, then sign back in to your Microsoft account.
  • The display name doesn't change your gamertag. If you want a new gamertag, see How to change your Xbox gamertag.

Change administrator name

  • To change the administrator name:
    • In the search box on the taskbar, type Computer Management and select it from the list.
    • Select the arrow next to Local Users and Groups to expand it.
    • Select Users.
    • Right-click Administrator and select Rename.
    • Type a new name. Note that you'll need to be the administrator to change this name.

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