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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 655, Dec 13, 2016, downloaded: 86,489 times)

Name Manager for Excel 97, 2000, XP and 2003 V4.3 (Build 655, Dec 13, 2016 Downloaded: 121,359 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: 9,596 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: 8,755 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.


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Comment by: Jerry Gage-Anderson (8/16/2017 2:57:43 AM)

I love Name manager and it works like a charm. I usually use it for large name ranges but for some reason (17760) seems to crash..I have let it run for 5 hours and still didn't there a trick I should try to avoid this or something I am doing wrong?


Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (8/16/2017 9:55:17 AM)

Hi Jerry,

Is this on a workbook with a large amount of range names?


Comment by: Barb Reinhardt (8/17/2017 2:41:56 PM)

I've been using Name Manager for some time, but it now seems to be hidden when I try to use it. Any suggestions?


Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (8/17/2017 2:47:23 PM)

Hi Barb,

It sometimes helps to go into the add-ins tab, uncheck the add-in, OK the dialog and reopen it to check the add-in again.


Comment by: Barb Reinhardt (8/17/2017 3:49:09 PM)

I've tried that. I've sometimes found that it's off the page, but this time I just can't find it. I know it's present, but not visible. I'll keep playing with it and let you know what eventually works.


Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (8/17/2017 4:29:52 PM)

Hi Barb,

Are you saying the NM window is off-screen? In that case, press the reset button on the Name Manager+ group on the formulas tab.


Comment by: Barb Reinhardt (8/17/2017 4:58:49 PM)

I've done that multiple times and all I see is

Please enter the shortcut key to show the Name Manager.
(Press control + Shift + the letter you enter to start the name Manager).

There is an n in the field. I click OK. I've also tried CTRL SHIFT n, but no luck.

I've never defined a letter to start name manager, so am not sure what to do next.


Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (8/17/2017 5:30:45 PM)

Hi Barb,

Just click the *word* Reset :-)


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