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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 657, Oct 31, 2017, downloaded: 92,259 times)

Name Manager for Excel 97, 2000, XP and 2003 V4.3 (Build 655, Dec 13, 2016 Downloaded: 122,589 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: 10,055 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: 9,199 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 924 in total (Show All Comments):


Comment by: Hasan (1/19/2018 12:01:44 PM)

Hi Jan,

is there a feature in NM available, to check the range names used in the VBA project for validity/correctness? If not, would you deem it a good extension in the future?

A common error for me is mistyping the 'names' in the code (I must admit I rarely use the 'insert name' feature of NM) or move a name to another sheet and forget to update the sheet reference in the code. And compiling does not find these errors...



Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (1/22/2018 10:06:07 AM)

Hi Hasan,

Nice suggestion, but I fear rather complex to implement given the big number of syntax types that can be used to address a range name in VBA!


Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (1/22/2018 10:07:15 AM)

Hi Greg,

I'm afraid the help document is slightly outdated regarding the manual installation. Of course for 2007 you need the xlam file, not the xla file!


Comment by: Des Murphy (1/31/2018 12:56:39 PM)

Is there a way to show tool tips on the various buttons?


Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (1/31/2018 1:55:44 PM)

Hi Des,

The buttons should show tooltips. They have done so for years!


Comment by: Lee Wylie (3/13/2018 5:01:48 PM)

Brilliant ad-in, just installed it and used it for the first time. It has saved me at least half an hour of messing about with local names by allowing me to globalise a list of local names.

Looking forward to getting the most out of it in my analysis work, thank you!


Comment by: Michael (3/15/2018 4:23:10 PM)

Hi I've gone ahead and reinstalled Name Manager (I had it on a previous laptop). I can see it the list of Active Application Add-ins in Excel, however when I open a file I cant find it in the ribbon as it used to be.

Can you suggest what I should do to locate it



Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (3/15/2018 5:12:47 PM)

Hi Michael,

have you tried unblocking the add-in file in Windows as describered here:


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