Change your display name

You can choose which name your teammates use to @mention you in Slack: either your full name or a display name, like your first name only or a nickname.

Here's what each option looks like in a message:

Full name fullname.pngYou must include a full name in your profile. Unless you’ve updated your profile, we use the full name you gave us when you created your account.


Display name display.pngDisplay names are optional and can contain spaces, non-English characters and capitalisation.

Set your display name

If you don't fill in the display name field in your profile, you will see your full name when people @mention you in Slack.




  1. From your desktop, click your workspace name in the top left.
  2. Select Profile & account. This will open your profile on the right side of your screen.
  3. Click Edit profile.
  4. Under Display name, write in what you want people to refer to you as in Slack.
  5. Click Save changes.
  1. Swipe left to open the right sidebar.
  2. Tap Edit profile
  3. Make your edits to your profile and tap the  close icon in the top left to finish!
  1. Tap the Overflow menu in the top right.
  2. Tap Settings.
  3. Tap Edit profile.
  4. Make your edits, then tap Save in the top right.

Note: If your workspace owner has enabled single sign-on, members’ ability to edit their personal information, including display names and email addresses, might be restricted.

Reserved names

There are several words that we reserve to avoid confusion in your workspace. These words can’t be used for display or full names in Slack. The following names can’t be used:

  • Brazilian Portuguese: aquí, canais, canal, eu, general, geral, grupo, mí, todos
  • English: archive, archived, archives, all, channel, channels, create, delete, deleted-channel, edit, everyone, general, group, groups, here, me, ms, slack, slackbot, today, you
  • French: chaîne/chaine, général/general, groupe, ici, moi, tous
  • German: alle, allgemein, Channel/channel, hier, Gruppe/gruppe, mir
  • Japanese: チャンネル, ここ, 全員, 自分, グループ, general
  • Spanish: aquí, canal, general, grupo, mí, todos