How can I use an alternate name?

An alternate name is helpful when you want to use your native language and character set to type, display, and look up names. For example, you can type a name in a native language and character set when sending mail. Your primary name is recognizable to an international audience; an alternate name is recognizable in your native language.

About this task

An alternate name is a fully authenticated name, unlike an alias which is not fully authenticated.

Choosing an alternate name language will let you display alternate names throughout HCL Notes®. For example, if you select Japanese, Spanish, and Chinese (Simplified) as alternate name languages, you will then be able to display alternate names in those languages in Notes® on your computer.

To use alternate names, you must first install a font capable of displaying the text. Unicode fonts provide support for many types of script within a single font. For information about installing Unicode fonts, see Using Unicode to add special characters to documents.

Note: Before you can use an alternate for your name, your administrator must register and certify one for you. Your primary name and alternate name must be added to your user ID. You can have only one alternate name.

To specify an alternate name language


  1. Click File > Preferences.

    Notes Basic client users: Click File > Preferences > User Preferences.

    Macintosh OS X users: Click Notes > Preferences.

  2. Click Basic Notes Client Configuration (Notes Basic client users: click Basics.
  3. Click Default Fonts.
  4. Specify your multilingual or Unicode font as the Default Sans Serif and the Default Multilingual font and then click OK.
  5. Click Regional Settings (Notes Basic client users: click International.
  6. Click the Change button for Alternate name language.
  7. Select the alternate name language from the Available languages column, then click Add to move the language to the Alternate name languages column and click OK.
  8. Click Locations (Notes Basic client users: click File > Preferences > Location Preferences).
  9. Click Edit.
  10. For the Default display name option, select Alternate names and click OK.
  11. Click OK to close the Preferences dialog box.