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On Steam, my profile is the following:

Notice the numbers at the tail end of the URL. While other users also have numbers for a profile like mine, I've seen many others users with their usernames in their profile instead. It makes it a lot easier to link and remember your profile page based on a short username instead of a couple dozen integers.

Why do some users have a username in their profile instead of numbers and vice versa? Is there a way to change this?

I originally thought it was based on the age of the account since I was a pretty early adopter back on January 24, 2004, but I've seen new and old accounts with numbers and usernames.

Update: I've since updated my profile URL so clicking the above link will renavigate to the following:

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I'd also like to point out that this isn't a random collection of numbers - it's actually your SteamID in a different form. Online tools also exist to convert between this number, your shortened profile URL, and your SteamID. – agent86 Apr 6 '12 at 16:05
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Yes, you can change this in your community profile - change the "Custom URL" field to whatever you wish the URL to end with.

Here's the step by step breakdown:

  • Load the Steam Community website
  • Login, if you aren't already, and make sure you're on the "Home" tab
  • On the right side, under "Actions" choose "Edit my Profile"
  • Click the "Profile" tab if it is not already highlighted
  • Change the value for "Custom URL" - the "" part cannot be changed.
  • Click the bright green "Save" button at the bottom

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I don't see the option to do that anywhere. – johnjon Apr 4 '12 at 16:05
Thanks for the elaboration! Figured it out. – johnjon Apr 4 '12 at 16:07

In your steam community profile, click the Edit my Profile link.

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One of the headings on the page will be Custom URL:

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Once you enter text in this box and save settings, your profile will then be accessible by this URL as well as your current[id]/ URL.

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