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Can I change my Skype Name in Skype for Mac OS X?

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It’s not possible to change your Skype Name. If you want to have a different Skype Name, you will need to create a new account.

If you create a new account, you will need to re-add all of your Skype contacts. Also, you cannot transfer any Skype Credit or other features from your old account to your new account. If you have purchased Skype Credit or features that you wish to use, we recommend you don’t create a new account until you have used them.

You can change your display name without creating a new account. This is the name that you see when you’re on Skype. It is displayed in your friends’ contact lists, when you call someone on Skype, and in the message area when you have an IM conversation*.

To change your display name:

  1. Sign in to Skype.
  2. In the menu bar, click File > Edit Profile…
  3. At the upper right of the profile window, click your name. An edit box is displayed.
  4. Type the display name you want to use and then press Return. Your name is changed.

*Your friends can change the way your name is displayed in their Skype, so the display name you see for yourself isn’t necessarily the one they see for you. You can also change a contact’s name: just right-click on it in your contact list and choose Rename. This only changes the name in your Skype, not theirs.

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