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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: 91,510 times)

Name Manager for Excel 97, 2000, XP and 2003 V4.3 (Build 655, Dec 13, 2016 Downloaded: 122,429 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: 9,975 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: 9,124 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 921 in total (Show All Comments):


Comment by: Ole Hebin (12/27/2017 9:07:52 PM)

Hello, I have a problem. PLS have a looK.
I want to enter a long list of range names that are very similar. I have the list of all the range names listed outside my table. When I try to populate the Refer to: in Name manager via the copying symbol in the lower right corner it does not work. It just leaves the single address of one cell. I cannot locate any help on the web.
Thank you in advance and Happy New Year


Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (12/28/2017 12:14:34 PM)

Hi Ole,

This is easier done using the list and pickup buttons of NM. The manual explains how to use them.


Comment by: Greg Bednarski (1/18/2018 9:30:05 AM)

Hello everyone,

I tried to install Name Manager 4.3 on Excel 2007 SBE (Windows 7 Pro x64).
After automatic installation, I found the 'Name Manager 2007.xlam' file in the 'C:\Users\User\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\AddIns' directory.
I started Excel and did not find the group and the Name Manager icon in ribbon.
The shortcut also did not work.

Then I tried to install manually - according to point 3 of the manual:

- Extract the file called "Name Manager.xla" from the Zip file to any convenient directory
- Open Excel, choose Tools, Add-ins from the menu (for Excel 2007: Office button, Excel options, Add-Ins tab, select Excel Add-Ins from the dropdown and press Go).
- Click the "Browse" button and navigate to the file "Name Manager.xla".
- OK your way out
at this point I saw the message 'Microsoft Excel can not access the file 'C:\Users\User\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\AddIns\Name Manager 2007.xlam', the 'xlam' file is still in the directory.

I tried to repeat all the steps several times, it failed.

Then I installed Name Manager 4.2 - it works fine.

Please, help me!


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!


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