Change the way of Initials
The initials show automatically based on the Display name. for example if my name is John Smith, my initials will be JS.
If My display name is Smith, John (which is my last name, first name) my Initials shows as SJ
The Initials are usually First character of the first name and the first character of the last name. regardless of my display name, my initials should be the same
So I suggest to have the Initials created based on the "First Name" and "Last Name" fields not on the "Display Name" field
Colin Foxall commented
Would like ability for Admin to specify initials shown. We have set up names as job titles. we have some duplication which is confusing.
ALLAN SARVER commented
My Display initials are inconsistent with my name. Display initials are SM How do I fix it?
JKK everywhere else but Teams commented
Please fix this! I want to have control over my initials across all Office365. If it can be done in PowerPoint, Word, Excel, why not the Teams!
100% agree that letting sysadmins have some control over this is necessary - the easiest fix may be to create a new attribute so that admins/users can tailor this regardless of region.
In schools we've put title intitial surname as the displayname so it's now given almost everyone "MX" as their initials (except for Dr, Professor etc.
Please add this feature as it would make a lot of sense.
I would love not to be BS when my initials are SB.
My name is Rxxx Hxxx, and I am RH everywere, but not in Teams. Then we have two persons with name Hxxx Rxxx, and now I'm the one with initials HR, not them. I di not realize who people are with these wrong initials. Makes us not satisfied.
"Why is everything with Microsoft becoming more difficult every year?"
Yeah, all kinds of unwanted stuff appears, and MS is not doing anything for the stuff we want to be corrected. You are not appreciating the users!
I'm still using Win7 (best ever), and not going to go with telemetry-ridden Win10 in the home office.
Yes, having your initials display correctly would be fabulous!
Roy Valenciano commented
same problem here. Initials show correctly in Word, Excel, PP, but on teams they are wrong. Why is it so difficult to get this right?
I don't understand why it is so difficult to change the display name to reflect the individuals actual initials in the proper order. If it is a security issue, at a m minimum an organization's system administrator should be given the authority to change.
Agree with this. Just got MS Teams in my organization. I'm "BM" (correct order) in the top bar of the Teams interface, but "MB" (last, first) in the Planner plug-in.
Cannot believe that thing so trivial to correct with so significant impact to user comfort in all products in O365 takes 3 years to correct (and is still not corrected). How can such decision be done without inquiry in national Microsoft branches? It is similar to national time/date formats, would it be also ignored in future releases? I don't understand it.
this is a no-brainer. Sometimes Microsoft is a place where common sense goes to die.
This is kind of ridiculous that this still isn't fixed. We just started using the Display Name fields for user certifications and this has been a nightmare explaining it to people.
Everyone who administrate a user account should be able to change the initials.
The rule from Microsoft is ridiculous. Depending on the program I use I have different initial and that makes no sense at all.
Microsoft needs to listen to their customer
Let the admins for each organisation decide and give them flexibility.
I agree with the OP.
Our company has displayname as John Smith Department
So will show up as JD, instead of JS.
If this is changed to the FirstName + LastName this would resolve this.
Please make it possible to choose the initials individually. My name is K..... Z...... So the initials are KZ. In german this is the abbreviation for concentration camp during Nazi Germany. There are some more problematic initials like SS or SA (special police units during Nazi Germany). Nowbody should be forced to use such initials, espacially in german speaking counties.
Very handy for those of us with Irish surnames (O'X or McX)
Please make it possible to tie initials to a specific AD property of the users. This way you can assign any AD property you like and it will fit everyone.
If you need a default value for everybody you could start using the initials property from AD - but allow admins to change this in the Teams configuration site on O365,