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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 646, Nov 11 2014, Downloaded: 114657 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 646, Nov 11 2014, downloaded: 61959 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: 7478 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: 6702 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: gerdami (11/14/2014 4:11:57 PM)

Filter for name with errors seems to be based on the # sign.

However, if I create a name for a Table / List, it will refer to something like =Table1[#All], which is actually not an error.

Anyway, thanks again for this wonderful tool.

Version 4.2 build 635.


Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (11/17/2014 9:48:13 AM)

Hi Gerdami,

It does not flag that as an error on my version, which build of NM are you using?


Comment by: gerdami (11/17/2014 2:51:45 PM)

Just upgraded from Version 4.2 build 635 to V4.3 build 646 and the issue is fixed. Thanks.


Comment by: David (11/20/2014 6:15:05 PM)


I have a number of workbooks which contain a name called 'Print_Area'. Note that this is not preceded by a sheet name, so it is not the normal print area definition for a sheet. Using the Name Manager I cannot edit or delete it, nor can I do this in VBA. Do you know how to remove this (it contains invalid references)?



Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (11/20/2014 8:17:55 PM)

Hi David,

You can probably delete them using Excel's own Name Manager.


Comment by: Max (11/27/2014 3:00:27 PM)


I have a file with more than 100.000 entry ... the "Name Manager" of Office 2013 won't open, and yours crash with "insufficient memory".

Do you have an idea ? I use the 4.3.



Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (11/27/2014 3:44:36 PM)

Hi Max,

Would you be willing to send that file to me?


Comment by: Max (11/27/2014 3:54:46 PM)

Yes no problem, the file with no data also contain the 100.000 references.


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