How to Change your Name in Microsoft Account

This post shows students and new users steps to change their Microsoft account name from Microsoft account profile page online. Microsoft allows users to manage and control their accounts from a single dashboard online.

From there, one can also change their full name or display name. Previously we showed you how to create a Microsoft account, and then showed you how to reset your Microsoft account password when you don’t remember you password.

This post shows you how to change your Microsoft account name to whatever you want anytime you want. Changing one’s Microsoft account name is pretty easy, and can also be done from the account profile page online.

Below is how to do that

How to change your Microsoft account name

As mentioned above, one can change their Microsoft account name at anytime. If you don’t know the name being displayed on your computer logon screen, on one shown in OneDrive or Xbox, you can change it.

First, open your web browser and navigate to your Microsoft Account Profile. Then, sign in to your Microsoft account using your password.

On the “Your Info” page, you’ll see your account avatar or photo. Just below your photo or avatar, under Full name, you will see your current Microsoft account name.

To change your current name, click the “Edit Name” link highlighted in the image below.

In the “Edit Name” window that pops up, enter your first and last name, then confirm the Captcha in text box and click “Save.”

Once you save your changes, your new name should be used everywhere. You may have to restart your computer the new name to apply. In Office 365 or Microsoft Office app, click File > Account, and select “Sign Out.”

When you log back in, your new name should be visible.

That should do it!


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