I have been here for 3 months. So far, my username is a rather generic user123456-type name and my avatar is some coloured geometric shape. However, I can’t help noticing that many others have a unique name and/or picture.

I would like to change mine too, but I can't find the place where to do it. Could somebody point me in the right direction?

  • $\begingroup$ Click on your username. You will be brought to your user page. Then click on "Edit Profile and Settings" or similar. You can modify stuff there. $\endgroup$
    – M.A.R.
    Oct 15, 2016 at 17:47
  • $\begingroup$ I can reach to my profile,but further i m unable to do anything.(when i click on my photo it again takes me to my activities. $\endgroup$ Oct 15, 2016 at 17:52
  • $\begingroup$ Go to this URL: chemistry.stackexchange.com/users/34347/vidyanshu-mishra and click on "Edit Profile & Settings". You'd be able to change your profile image there by clicking on "change picture" which is below your account picture. $\endgroup$
    – M.A.R.
    Oct 15, 2016 at 17:54
  • $\begingroup$ OK, I see you have succeeded. :) One thing though, you can change your profile pic any time, but you can only change usernames once every month. $\endgroup$
    – M.A.R.
    Oct 15, 2016 at 18:11
  • $\begingroup$ @rubisco thanks for the help. $\endgroup$ Oct 15, 2016 at 18:23

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To do that, you need to first access your profile. You can do that in a number of ways:

  • In the top bar, you can see your avatar next to your current reputation and your badge count. That is a link to your profile.
  • Anywhere on the site where you can see your name — under answers, questions or on the question page — your username is also a link to your profile.

You need to do this from the main site (i.e. not from meta) to be able to advance to the following step.

Once there, note the bold, blue text reading Activity. This is your personal greeting-page when you access your profile. Next to activity are two links, one named Profile (this is what everybody else sees when they access your profile) and the other named Edit Profile & Settings. (If you’re still on meta it will just read Settings. Click on the small main user icon to its right.)

You will now access the editing page as can be seen below. From here on it is self-explanatory: make the corresponding changes and save.

edit profile

Actually, there is one further thing. You are given two options of saving. One will apply the changes to all your Stack Exchange profiles. The other will apply them only to Chemistry (and Chemistry Meta). Choose wisely.

Finally, note that every time you change your username, you cannot re-change it for 30 days (except for a 15 minute grace period at the beginning). Meta.SE source

  • $\begingroup$ @Rubisco Can you give me a source for only being able to edit the username once a month? If so, I’ll gladly include it. $\endgroup$
    – Jan
    Oct 17, 2016 at 22:31
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    $\begingroup$ Rubisco is dead. :( There you go. meta.stackexchange.com/questions/29966/… $\endgroup$
    – M.A.R.
    Oct 21, 2016 at 12:58

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