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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 97, 2000, XP and 2003 V4.3 (Build 650, Feb 17 2015, Downloaded: 116376 times)

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

Name Manager for Excel 2007, 2010 and 2013 V4.3 (Build 650, Feb 17 2015, downloaded: 67200 times)

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: 7875 times) is still available!

Mac users, please note : version 4.0 does not work in the Mac environment, due to the use of Windows API calls. For your convenience, Name Manager 2.3 (Downloaded: 7113 times) is still available.


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 752 in total (Show All Comments):


Comment by: Richard (6/7/2015 3:01:16 PM)

Hi Jan,

I have tried to install name manager 2007 (Version 2.3) in Excel 2007, but both manual and automatic installation give error message after connecting the add-in:

I get the error:
Microsoft Excel cannot access the file c:\users\RvK\addIn\Name Manager 2007.xlam
There are several possible reasons:
The file name or path does not exist
The file is beiing used by another program
The workbook you are trying to save has the same name as a currently open workbook.

All of above reasons do not apply. The Macro have been activated and the location is trusted.

What would be the reason.



Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (6/8/2015 6:12:35 AM)

Hi Brian, Richard,

Many of the issues we get reported are due to incompatibilities and are resolved by making sure Office has all of its updates installed. Also, sometimes a reinstall (or repair) of Office helps.


Comment by: Riaan Vermeulen (6/10/2015 1:13:18 PM)

After a windows update on Tuesday I get the following error:

"Compile error in hidden module: CMenuHandler."

It fails on this line:

Application.CommandBars(1).FindControl(ID:=943, recursive:=True).Execute

DO you have any suggestions on how to resolve this?


Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (6/10/2015 5:08:39 PM)

Hi Riaan,

I am wondering what code you are referring to as it isn't in Name Manager as far as I know?

If it were, Name Manager is password protected and we really do not appreciate people breaking into our code.


Comment by: Riaan Vermeulen (6/10/2015 5:14:24 PM)

Hi Jan

When I uninstalled it and then tried to reinstalling it after getting the error message, the debugger screen opened and this line was highlighted. Was not on purpose, it just popped up, so I thought I'll send it on to you.


Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (6/11/2015 11:40:47 AM)

Hi Riaan,

OK, apologies. Odd error though, are you using the latest version?


Comment by: LJ Smolen (6/23/2015 11:34:39 PM)


Love your product, have used it extensively over the past few years. Finally got my co-worker to install it, and he is getting the same errors as Brian and Richard above. Vista computer with Office 2007 installed. All current on updates. Any suggestions short of an Office re-install?

Thanks in advance.



Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (6/24/2015 11:25:18 AM)

Hi Lee,

I think making sure all updates have been applied should do the trick.

Also, try this:

Close all Office applications (Word, Outlook, Excel, ...).
Open Explorer, type in address bar: %temp% and hit enter.
Delete everything in there (they are all temporary files, should be no problem at all).
Do a search on entire C drive for .exd files and delete all of them.
Reboot system and then retry.


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