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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: 97 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: 64740 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: 7655 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: 6888 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 732 in total (Show All Comments):


Comment by: David (12/10/2014 3:35:36 AM)

Running Name Manager 2.3 on Office 2004, Mac OS 10.4.11. Clicking the 'Add' button returns:

Run-time error '1004':
Method 'Show' of object 'Dialog' failed.

Tried using Name Manager because attempting to Define Name in any Excel workbook crashes Excel. However, Define Name does work on Excel 4.0 worksheets.


Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (12/10/2014 9:23:13 AM)

Hi David,

I'm really sorry to hear that. Unfortunately, for now, we are not investing in MAC development for NM.

It does sound as if either your Excel installation has a problem or your workbook.


Comment by: Pete A (12/22/2014 7:20:00 PM)

I installed as directed in office 365 (2013) excel, on a 64 bit windows 8.1 machine.

While it shows as installed in the File/Options window, the icon does not appear anywhere in the ribbon (instructions say it will be in the Formulas ribbon. But only the original Names Manager from MS is there.

Pete A


Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (12/22/2014 10:15:42 PM)

Hi Pete,

Excel 2013 is a bit quirky sometimes. Try closing all Excel windows but one, uncheck the add-in, close and reopen Excel and check it again. Hopefully that helps.


Comment by: Patrice (1/25/2015 5:02:42 PM)

Just installed Name Manager but it don't work. :(

When launching Ecel with only Name Manager activated, I get
"Erreur système &H80004005. not specified error" 3 times, then
"compilation error in hidden module CFormResizer" once

Name Manager.xla 2015/01/15 09:52
Windows 7 French SP1
MS Office 2003 French SP3


Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (1/27/2015 7:22:56 AM)

Hi Patrice,

Please try these two things:
- Delete all files with extension .exd from your system (they are in the temp folders)
- if that fails, repair Office.


Comment by: Patrice (1/27/2015 7:58:38 PM)

Hi Jan,

Sorry, I have seen "Solving Compile errors related to Name Manager" only after posting my message.
It solved the problem.


Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (1/28/2015 6:46:41 AM)

Hi Patrice,

Glad you were able to resolve the issue.


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