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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 651, August 3, 2015 Downloaded: 117535 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 651, August 3, 2015, downloaded: 70273 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: 8221 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: 7426 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: Jan Karel Pieterse (9/11/2015 11:41:38 AM)

Hi Mitch,

The add name problem is very likely caused by a messagebox hiding behind the form (an Excel 2013 problem). I'll write this down as something that needs fixing :-)

In what way is the activesheet filter not working as expected?


Comment by: mitch (9/11/2015 4:30:22 PM)


no the activesheet filter does not seem to work as expected at all.

When selecting "refer to activesheet" the "refers to" results show ranges that are on all other sheets, even if I select other sheets the results are the same

Also, there was no messagebox hidden , in fact I was able to close the main name manager dialog and the "add" dialog remained but could not be dismissed.


Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (9/11/2015 4:42:02 PM)

Hi Mitch,

OK, thanks. I agree the refer to Activesheet filter is incorrect. ALso the Local to activesheet seems to misbehave.

A workaround is to select all cells of a sheet and use the refer to selected cells filter.

What steps do I need to take to repro the add name problem?


Comment by: PhilUK (9/16/2015 2:50:00 PM)

Hi Jan
Thank you for your response on 7th September, I downloaded the file again today (apologies for the delay) as you suggested and tried to install v4.3 (2007) again but had the same problem as I described previously: "Microsoft Office has stopped working - Windows can try to recover your information and restart the program"
While I am happy to continue using the 2003 version for now it seems a shame that I cannot install the 2007 version.
Meanwhile thank you for sharing this wonderful utility, it has been first on my list of installations in all my recent work assignments


Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (9/18/2015 11:28:35 AM)

Hi Phil,

Thank you for letting me know!


Comment by: Vicki Sowinski (9/18/2015 4:32:03 PM)

I am having the same issue with v4.3. This is my first install. The product looks like just what I need so I was anxious to try it, but it appears I cannot yet until this issue is resolved. I'm not sure I can use the older versions because I only have Excel 2007. Looking forward to the fix!


Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (9/18/2015 8:15:49 PM)

Hi Vicky and all others experiencing problems:

Can you please try the one I uploaded today?


Comment by: PhilUK (10/23/2015 3:46:12 PM)

Hi Jan
Following on from the problems I reported recently (4th Sept & 16th Sept) I downloaded your latest version as you suggested on 18th Sept
It now works!
Many thanks for your efforts, I hope this has resolved the problems for other users too
Again, many thanks for sharing this great utility


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