Some contacts in my Google Talk list are showing their username instead of their full name. Is there a possibility to show their full name instead? I don't like the strange names in between.

I am using the Google Talk web interface that's on the left of Gmail.

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    Yes; this is maddening for me, with some people who have ridiculous display names and I really want to straighten them up. – Trevoke Jul 3 '12 at 10:58
  • Gosh, up until today (20/3/15) I'm still searching for this very basic function. There are people in my list using ridiculous name attached to their google+ profile. And the emails keep showing that "hey you got email from Batman (for example)". And I got a hard time thinking who the hell is this Batman... Changing contact details does no help. – Jim Raynor Mar 20 '15 at 15:08
  • One awkward way is to delete & add them back in with the format "display name" <email-address>. – copper.hat May 6 '15 at 3:52

Yes - just edit the contact from your contact's list.

Go to contacts Search the user name Select & edit the contact

Note that the name displayed on emails will be the name appearing in the sender's address book. Also, I'd you've enabled chat with G+, the profile names may appear too.

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    The contact in my list has a full name and there is no short display name in it or something. The display name on the e-mails is also the full name of the user. So the only place where it goes wrong is the chat contacts list. I don't have a G+ account. – Marnix Feb 28 '12 at 8:58

Although the contact info is changed, the previous username keep popping up when the email address is put in. I think it's a bug. There is no way to change the username.


Three simple steps to get it done:

  1. Search contact from gmail contact list
  2. Select person's profile (eg john's profile)
  3. Double click on Name and edit,no need to save it

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