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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: 112735 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: 58163 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: 7254 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: 6421 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.


Showing last 8 comments of 693 in total (Show All Comments):


Comment by: David Miley (5/14/2014 3:45:24 PM)

Love it!

What technique do you use to determine if a Name is an external reference?


Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (5/15/2014 7:57:39 AM)

Hi David,

I use a test like:

If TheName.RefersTo Like "*[[]*[]]*[!]*") Or TheName.RefersTo Like "*.xl?!*") _
Or TheName.RefersTo Like "*.xl??!*" Then
'Not External
End If


Comment by: David Miley (5/15/2014 1:53:35 PM)

Thanks Jan!

I am only a casual user when it comes to regular expressions and don't usually think about using them as a first approach.

Thanks for the response!



Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (5/16/2014 12:38:46 AM)

Hi David,

These aren't true regex-es, and you'll find the help about the Like operator is quite good.


Comment by: Gabriele (5/23/2014 12:48:02 PM)

thanks a lot...! it solve my issues regarding hidden names completely!
Great add in!


Comment by: Heather (6/3/2014 1:20:43 AM)

Name Manager RULES!!! Has so much functionality that one would think Excel should have natively... A true life-saver for complex workbooks!


Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (6/3/2014 7:22:25 AM)

Hi Heather,

Thank you!


Comment by: Stephen Ma (6/17/2014 11:43:11 PM)

The Name Manager 4.2 works wonder. I provide informal support to a limited number of Excel users in my office. One of the file I created has a number of names with #REF! as value and I cannot even trace back to where the names come from. With your Add-On, I was able to delete all these names in one click. I receive praises which should be credit to all of you developers!!

Stephen Ma


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