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Name Manager: Range names made easy

For Microsoft Excel


If you are in need of a utility to manage defined names in your Excel models, this one is a must-have. List all names in your active workbook. Filter them using 13 filters, e.g. "With external references", "With errors", Hidden, Visible. Show just names that contain a substring. Show just names unused in worksheet cells. Edit them in a simple dialog or make a list, edit the list and update all names in one go. Delete, hide, unhide selected names with a single mouse click.

Created in collaboration with Charles Williams, and Matthew Henson ( who ensured the utility works on Mac Excel too. See a screenshot here.

The Name Manager is freeware, all I'd like to ask you is to tell everyone if you like it and to tell me if you don't.

Current version downloads

Name Manager for Excel 2007, 2010, 2013 and 2016 V4.3 (Build 655, Dec 13, 2016, downloaded: 85,832 times)

Name Manager for Excel 97, 2000, XP and 2003 V4.3 (Build 655, Dec 13, 2016 Downloaded: 121,216 times)

Tip: Excel 97 users can download Name Manager version 3.2 below if they experience compile errors.

Solving Compile errors related to Name Manager

Some users get a compile error during load of Name Manager: "Compile Error in hidden module, fxlNameManager".

This error is mostly resolved by:

Excel 2003: open Excel and select Help, detect and repair from the menu.
Excel 2007/2010/2013: Open Office Setup from Control Panel, Programs and do a repair of the Office installation.

After doing so, Name Manager should work as expected.

New in this version (4.3):


Old versions

Not sure version 4.2 is stable? Name Manager 3.2 (Downloaded: 9,549 times) is still available!

Mac users, please note : version 4.2 does not work in the Mac environment, due to the use of Windows API calls. For your convenience, Name Manager 2.3 (Downloaded: 8,712 times) is still available. Note that unfortunately NM is NOT compatible with Office 2016 for Mac.


Download the zip file by clicking the link above that says "". Unpack the files in the zip file to a folder of your liking and open the file called "Setup Name Manager.xls". Press the button in that file to install.

Click here to request support or issue comments or suggestions on this product.


Showing last 8 comments of 875 in total (Show All Comments):


Comment by: Brett (3/28/2017 5:18:40 PM)

Hi Jan:

My apologies, I had mistakenly installed v4.3, which isn't Mac-compatible. v4.3 must have been opening something that caused the Enable Macros dialog to appear. As noted at the top of the page, this does not work in Excel 2016 on the Mac.


Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (3/29/2017 7:45:12 AM)

Hi Brett,

No problem!


Comment by: Geoff (4/8/2017 2:16:55 PM)

Thanks. This has solved the reporting of apparently non-existent names when copying worksheets.
At last copying goes ahead without annoying messages.


Comment by: Deana (4/14/2017 4:29:49 PM)

Thank you!!! I have been working with a legacy file with literally thousands (2,730) of hidden "names". I used your tool and for the first time ever have been able to see and remove the unneeded and invalid names.

YOU are a lifesaver!!!

Thank you thank you thank you, a thousand times thank you!!!



Comment by: Des Murphy (5/11/2017 11:25:22 AM)

I get a message saying that I need FastExcel for some features. What is fastExcel?


Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (5/11/2017 1:43:00 PM)

Hi Des,

FastExcel is aproduct sold by Charles Williams, you can find out more here:


Comment by: Michael McFadden (5/17/2017 3:59:14 PM)

I love your name manager add-on, and have used previous versions. My current computer's c:/ hard drive crashed and I lost the application. I have downloaded the new one and installed it, but it did not install in the Add-ins menu tabs like it did when I first installed it 5 or 6 years ago. It installed in a new group tab called Name Manager + under the Main Formula Tab. However, the new tab does not appear on the Customize the Ribbon box when opening "Customize the Ribbon" commands. Is there anyway to move it to another Tab? I appreciate it.


Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (5/17/2017 4:19:10 PM)

Hi Michael,

I'm afraid there is no option to move that button elsewhere. Can I ask why you want to do so?


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