# Ubuntu – How to change the display name on the Terminal?

When I open the terminal, a name is displayed before I type any command as follows:

administrator@administrator:~$ What specific steps do I take to change the display name? #### Best Answer • This actually displays your username@computername: along with the current directory and a$ sign, which usually means a non-root user, whereas a # sign would mean that you have root permissions.

Now, to only change what's displayed, you can edit your ~/.bashrc file. Open it with your favorite text editor and make changes to the line that starts with PS1=.

If you have more than one line starting with PS1=, try changing them one by one, while saving the .bashrc file and opening a new terminal each time, to see if you edited the right one.

To just experiment with what's displayed, without messing up anything, you can type export PS1="whatever you want". Once you close and reopen the terminal, it will set the value of PS1 back to the one in your ~/.bashrc file.