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
And for me - I'm showing as MA - my name is Jxxx Axxx Mxxx so it is picking the middle and last intials to display and there is no way someone who is collaborating would ever figure that out. Additionally there is someone on our team who also is with initals MA - so that's doubly confusing.
Yes, please - allow us to set what initials are displayed - it so completely confusing to everyone on the calls, especially those that are infrequent.
Erik Berndt commented
In Teams, users with a title appended to the end of their AD display name (e.g. John Smith, MBA) end up with a random mish-mash of initials (MS) instead of their first and last initials. I would suggest user initials be based on the first name and last name fields, rather than the display name.
Trevor Abell commented
I have a user with name that is similar to this ficticious name:
J. Martin Manslick, Sr.
And his initials are showing as SM and no one recognizes him until they hover the initials.
R. Boot commented
At our department (15 pax) we are working remotely most of the time.
There are 3 people with the initials R.B.
Internally we've decided to add the second letter of the surname to see the difference, so I become R.Bo.
We can't change these initials in MS Teams, so in a call, 3 R.B.'s appear :) Very confusing.
Please allow us to add a custom third letter at a custom place, or something like that.
We have a problem because our title is included in our name, and microsoft takes the first letter of our title and the first letter of our last name. Since my last name starts with T, and my title starts with P, my initials become PT. P does not occur in my name at all.
Please allow for 3 letters as in several countries there are "von" and "de" before the rest of the last name. Many who have names as such live in Canada, US, and around the world. It would also be helpful and proper to allow lower case letters as well.
So this looks like MvC or GdG as initials. Please consider, thank you.
Paul Moreland commented
This seems like a basic feature. Please enable.
Matthew Ellis commented
Please reformat the initials to match our AD, thanks
Change to at least 3.
In my country we have one given name and two surnames (father + mother). What people do expect here is to have three letters as initials. The system skips the father surname as it implements a kind of US system, not suitable elsewhere.
I wholeheartedly agree with this.
Monica Weimer commented
The variability is very annoying and seems pretty nonsensical. Please fix.
Why does it not simple take the info in all Office Apps (Word, Onenote Teams etc.) from the on prem AD?
The initials in our institution shows as last name initial then middle name initial, ie John Doe Smith initials appears as SD. (Should be JS) now everyone is confused.
Henry Bastian commented
Appreciate all of the comments on following some rule to do this but just take the rules away and set it up so the user / organization can EDIT it the way they want to.
It would be nice to see a Microsoft response and action.
Doug Du Plessis commented
My initials are showing as "DP" rather than "DD". We have other two-part names that are displayed incorrectly: William St John will display as "WJ" rather than "WS" Steve Jones, Spencer James, Stuart Johnson who will all be displayed as "SJ" A three initial system would at least reduce the confusion.
Greg Petrites commented
We only have 10 employees in our company. Two of our employees (20%) have the initial JG. It gets even worse because there are only 5 of us that are really taking notes. Which means about 40% of the changes in OneNote has the initials JG next to them.
In our small company it is impossible to know who made a change to a OneNote because we are not able to give them distinct initials.
Chris Garcia commented
Admins should have the ability to override the default and set the initials for a user.