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Your username is the unique account name or account ID you use to log into Second Life.  Your username appears above your avatar inworld and identifies you to other Second Life Residents.  You can also set a {{Xref|display name}} that appears above your username.
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== Is my "Second Life name" my username? ==
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If you're a newer Second Life Resident, you created a unique username when you registered. That username is what you enter to log into Second Life (for example: <code>mortimer1980</code>, <code>jsmith57</code>).
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{{KBnote|This registration process is not yet released. With Viewer 2.3, you still need to choose a Second Life first and last name.}}
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If you're a longtime Second Life Resident, you selected a Second Life name when you joined. That Second Life name now forms your username, using the formula:
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'''(Second Life first name, in lowercase).(Second Life last name, in lowercase)'''
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For example, if your Second Life name was '''Joe Smith''' when you joined, your username is '''joe.smith''' .
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You should enter your username, or your "classic" Second Life first and last names into the '''Username''' field to log into Second Life.
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==How do I log in with my username if I’m using Viewer 1.23 or a third-party viewer?==
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To log in to older Second Life viewers (including Viewer 1.23) and third-party viewers, you’ll be prompted to enter a First Name and a Last Name. Your username must be entered into the First Name field and “resident” must be entered into the Last Name field.
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If you’re a newer Second Life Resident with a unique username:
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# Enter your username in the First Name field.
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# Enter '''resident''' (in lowercase) in the Last Name field.
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For example, if your username is '''thejoesmith''': <br>
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First Name: <code>thejoesmith</code> <br>
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Last Name: <code>resident</code>
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If you’re a longtime Second Life Resident with a first and last name:
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# Enter your first and last name (in lowercase, separated by a period) in the First Name field. This is your username.
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# Enter '''resident''' (in lowercase) in the Last Name field.
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For example, if your Second Life name is '''Joe Smith''': <br>
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First Name: <code>joe.smith</code> <br>
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Last Name: <code>resident</code>
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==Is my username my display name?==
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Your username and display name are separate. You can use the Second Life Viewer to set a display name for your avatar that's different from your username.  See [[Display names]] for more details.  However, you may ''not'' use your display name to log into Second Life.
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==Showing or hiding usernames==
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To show or hide usernames inworld, both in chat and over every avatar:
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# Log into Second Life.
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# Choose '''Me > Preferences''' from the top menu.
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# Click the '''General''' tab.
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# Select the '''Usernames''' checkbox. If the box is checked, usernames are shown. If the box is not checked, usernames are hidden.
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# Click '''OK'''.
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Latest revision as of 15:39, 27 March 2012

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