Thanks to your article [ed note: see Claim Your Custom URL on Google+], I now have a custom URL for my Google Plus profile, but I’d like to tweak it so that the first letter of my last name is capitalized. How do I fix it?
You’re identified one of the problems with custom URLs on every social media service, actually: Since by default URLs are generally all in lower case, wanting to change the case of individual letters or the entire URL is problematic. Have punctuation or diacriticals in your name and want to add an ñ or é or similar? That gets even more tricky, and for some services, your personalized URL is just not going to include that.
However, Google is a savvy global company and you can indeed fix up your custom URL on Google Plus once set. Sort of.
What I’ve found is that, as you’ll see, you can definitely tweak it so that individual letters are capitalized, lower case, or with accents or similar, but sometimes it seems to forget what you’ve set, and other times it seems to work just fine. Let me show you what I mean.
First, I’m going to show you with my Business URL, though the process is identical for a personal G+ account too. For business, click “My Business” off the main menu, and if you’re on a personal account, “My Account” works instead:
Now there are a set of options along the top. Click “About”:
Now look on the lower right to the “Links” section.
It’ll show you the personalized URL, and as you can see, mine isn’t quite right:
Click on “Edit” on the lower section, however, and you can actually fix it:
Note the small print, however: “You can edit your URL to change its display format. If your Google+ URL ends with +googlechrome, you can use +GoogleChrome instead.” In other words, you can fix capitalization, which is exactly what I want.
Click in the field, fix the capitalization as you desire:
Done? Click on “Save”.
and if you’ve a personalized page, it’ll look darn similar, as I said:
That’s all there is to it. Really, not too bad.
Now I’ll be curious to see if yours “sticks” after you change it, or whether it resets to its original state.