Deleting an item and recreating it shows error that the item already exists
Hello there, gerdgoebel.
Yes, you're right that as long as the item has been deleted already, you can recreate and be able to save it again. As BigRedConsulting shared above, if you've got this exact message " This name is already in use. Please use another name", it means that the item is not yet deleted. It could be that item was only inactivated. That's the program won't allow you to recreate the name item number.
First, we can try to include all inactive items. If it's showing, right-click on the item and select Delete Item.
On the other hand, if we've verified that it's not showing on the item list, we can run the repair tool in QuickBooks Desktop. Here's how: