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Can you change back to a previous username?

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catsnickedallmypens Thu 01-Dec-16 20:16:58

I NCd for a particular thread a while ago but when I tried to revert back to it was told that that username was already in use.

Is it possible to go back or once you've changed names that's it?

Mirandawest Thu 01-Dec-16 20:17:28

I have gone back to previous names before.

cozietoesie Thu 01-Dec-16 20:29:01

You should be able to. Once you've chosen a name, it's generally reserved for your use only. Give it a little time and try again.

fruitbats Thu 01-Dec-16 20:31:31

If the name was yours, you can type it in the username box immediately above where you write a new post and it will just overwrite your current name

fruitbats Thu 01-Dec-16 20:32:49

And if you look in your mn account, there will be a list of all usernames that you have held previously

Nineloves Thu 01-Dec-16 20:32:52

I hadn't realized that. I keep trying to name change back and get forced to put a number in.

Hassled Thu 01-Dec-16 20:34:43

I certainly can (on a laptop). Is it a desktop version versus mobile thing maybe?

catsnickedallmypens Thu 01-Dec-16 21:48:09

Hi All, thanks for your replies. fruitbat I know on my account page it lists all the previous names but if I click on one of them nothing happens and if I put an old name in the box it says username is already in use. Didn't know about putting an old name in when doing a posting though.

Am usually on a laptop Hassled

cozietoes I've tried that but to no avail.

cozietoesie Thu 01-Dec-16 21:52:43

If you log out first and then go in again, it will do everything via your registered email as the start. Maybe that will cut the Gordian knot?

If you're feeling brave that is! grin

relaxitllbeok Fri 02-Dec-16 08:12:25

I think if you ignore that it says the name is in use, put your password in and save, it'll work anyway. Just a misleading message in my experience.

JingleBellsJuliet Wed 07-Dec-16 15:53:56

Just testing to see if it posts under my festive username!

cozietoesie Wed 07-Dec-16 16:23:28

If in doubt, check in the box above where you post. That should show the name you'll be posting under. smile

Pestilence13610 Wed 07-Dec-16 16:31:49

Ignore the message that says the username is already in use. It is already in use by you.

NewtRipley Fri 09-Dec-16 16:25:49

Just testing

FlissMumsnet (MNHQ) Sun 11-Dec-16 20:09:31

Hi catsnickedallmypens, excuse us barging in - just wondered if this is still an issue?

Lelly78 Mon 02-Jan-17 20:53:16

Can I test too?!

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