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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 V4.2 (Build 642, 3 March 2014, Downloaded: 111352 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 V4.2 (Build 642, 3 March 2014, downloaded: 55561 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 (4.2):


Old versions

Not sure version 4.2 is stable? Name Manager 3.2 (Downloaded: 7102 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: 6260 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.


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Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (2/26/2014 7:26:42 AM)

Hi Andy,

This is a bit hard to answer for me since I do not own any Mac. But in Excel 2003 the menu entry should appear in the Tools menu. Not sure if Mac Excel has similar menu?


Comment by: Andy Boston (2/26/2014 4:37:37 PM)

OK Fixed it. I uninstalled 3.2 and went back to v 2.3. To be fair that's the version you recommend for Macs, I was following a previous comment that said v3.2 worked for them, but it clearly doesn't for me.

Thanks for a useful utility - surprising MS don't have this - I don't know how else you can localise or globalise names.



Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (2/26/2014 4:53:15 PM)

Hi Andy,

You're welcome!


Comment by: Rachel (3/6/2014 4:59:52 PM)

I love love love this tool!

But I can't seem to see anything about what FastExcel is and how I can get it...I get the notification that certain tools in Name Manager only are available with FastExcel.

What is FastExcel? Where can I get it?


Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (3/6/2014 5:23:32 PM)

Hi Rachel,

Thanks! :-)
FastExcel is sold by my co-author of the tool Charles Williams: http:\\


Comment by: Dan (3/7/2014 12:51:22 AM)

Found your marvelous add-in from another forum ... I needed a quick way to print out the list for some sheet auditing. So far so good (install had to be done manually but no big deal .. dialog instructions were great!) I'm looking forward to doing some more exploration with the tool .. it would appear that it will greatly facilitate some of my auditing!



Comment by: Josh (3/7/2014 4:07:05 AM)

Thanks goodness! This tool reallys help me to clean those hidden names that not even inhouse name manager can find.

My only question is that how were those names arrive when MS inhouse name manager cant detect them at all.



Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (3/7/2014 9:54:53 PM)

Hi Josh,

The built-in Name manager does ot show them, because they are -well- hidden. :-)


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