Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. If you are using a later version (Excel 2007 or later), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for later versions of Excel, click here: Changing Your Name.

Changing Your Name

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated December 6, 2017)


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. Choose Options from the Tools menu. Excel displays the Options dialog box.
  2. Make sure the General tab is selected. (See Figure 1.)
  3. Figure 1. The General tab of the Options dialog box.

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

ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (2735) applies to Microsoft Excel 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. You can find a version of this tip for the ribbon interface of Excel (Excel 2007 and later) here: Changing Your Name.

Author Bio

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 5 + 9?

2015-12-22 21:17:38

Sue Connelly

Hi Allen,
I see where I can edit my comments to change the name and I know how to go into each box and personally delete the name.
How can I have no name show up on my comments and how can I remove the name in multiple comments at once?

2015-02-26 09:51:58


TOOLS/OPTIONS in Excel 2003

2015-02-25 08:43:35


Jasmine: What version of Excel are you using? This tip is for those using Excel 97 through Excel 2003. If you are using a later version of Excel, click the provided link to the tip for your version.


2015-02-25 04:30:36

jasmine cooper

this is helpful but how do you get the options tab up, i can't find it.

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