Can I change my Skype Name or display name in Skype for Windows desktop?

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When you sign in to Skype, you’ll see your Skype Name and your display name at the top left of the application window. It will also appear in your profile on the right.

The Skype Name and display name selected in the left side of the window.

  1. Skype Name (for example: richarddavies59)

    • If you link your existing Skype and Microsoft accounts, you’ll see your email address displayed instead of your Skype Name, for example: someone@hotmail.com.
    • If you create a new Skype account when you first sign in to Skype with your Microsoft account, you’ll see your accounts’ names linked, for example: live:richarddavies59.
       
  2. Your display name (Richard Davies)

Changing your Skype Name or display name

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.

Important: If you create a new account, you will need to add all of your Skype contacts again. Also, you cannot transfer any Skype Credit or other features from your old account to your new account. If you’ve purchased Skype Credit or features that you want to use, we recommend you don’t create a new account until you’ve used them in the old account.

To change your display name, you don’t need to create a new account.

Your display name is listed in the contact lists of your friends and it also appears when you call or instant message someone on Skype.*

To change your display name:

  1. Sign in to Skype.
  2. In the Skype bar, click your display name.
  3. Your profile is displayed in the right side of the window. When you click your name, the edit box appears.

    Display name selected in the edit box.
     
  4. Type the display name you want to use and click the tick icon or press Enter. Your name is changed.

    New display name.

*Your friends can also change the way your name is displayed in their Skype contact lists, 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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