Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016. If you are using an earlier version (Excel 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Excel, click here: Changing Your Name.

Changing Your Name

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated November 11, 2017)

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When you first install Excel, it asks you for your name so it can personalize the registration for your program. It also writes your name into the user area. This information is used in various places by Excel, such as in the workbook properties area. If you need to change your name, follow these steps:

  1. Display the Excel Options dialog box. (In Excel 2007 click the Office button and then click Excel Options. In Excel 2010 or later versions display the File tab of the ribbon and then click Options.)
  2. Make sure the Popular option (Excel 2007) or General option (Excel 2010 or later versions) is selected at the left of the dialog box. (See Figure 1.)
  3. Figure 1. The General options of the Excel Options dialog box.

  4. Change the information in the User Name box, as desired.
  5. Click on OK.

Changing this setting has an additional consequence: On any workbooks you create in the future, whatever you enter into the User Name field ends up in the Author workbook property. The change won't modify the Author property for any existing workbooks, including the one you have open when you change the User Name field.

ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (7555) applies to Microsoft Excel 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Excel here: Changing Your Name.

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Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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What is seven less than 8?

2018-09-30 13:35:29

J. Woolley

@Howard: Try File > Account > Manage Account.


2018-09-29 17:37:46

Howard R Popper

Changing the User name does not change the name that appears in the ribbon which is the account name that was selected for me by Microsoft. Is there any way to change that because it is too long and takes up too much space in the ribbon?


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