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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: 118255 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: 72126 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: 8419 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: 7616 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 807 in total (Show All Comments):


Comment by: Hal Koberinski (1/23/2016 2:59:33 AM)

The utility won't activate in my version of Office 2010 64 bit running under windows 10. It appears as an EXCEL Addin but doesn't appear on the ribbon as advertised.


Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (1/23/2016 11:23:50 AM)

Hi Hal,

Odd. What happens if you redo the installation after closing all your Excel windows?


Comment by: Rakesh Jain (2/1/2016 9:30:29 PM)

Hi Jan,

The latest version does not work on my machine, Office 2016 64 bit on Windows 10. It appears as an Excel Addin but doesn't appear on the ribbon. version 3.2 does not work either, but 2.3 does. I am not sure why?



Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (2/2/2016 3:52:33 PM)

Hi Rakesh,

What happens precisely?


Comment by: Rakesh Jain (2/4/2016 3:51:29 PM)

Hi Jan,

Version 2.3 - works fine.

version 3.2 - Shows "Compile Error in hidden module, fxlNameManager", my apologies, I see that you have explained that already, however I have not tried to fix it so do not know if the solution works.

Version - 4.3 - this is where I started, The add-in does not appear on the ribbon, however it is there in the list of installed add-ins. So if the name manager does not appear on the ribbon there is no way to use it AFAIK. I tried adding and removing a few time, never workerd. I have 64 bit Excel 2016 version 16.0.6366.2062 updated to date on Windows 10.

Thanks for looking into it. I am using version 2.3 till it is fixed. Let me know if any further details can help.



Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (2/4/2016 4:07:34 PM)

Hi Rakesh,

With NM checked in the add-ins, if you open the VBA editor, Is NM listed in the project explorer window?


Comment by: Rakesh Jain (2/4/2016 9:52:38 PM)

Jan, Yes the Name Manager is listed there as a project, but still no add-in tab in the ribbon.

After your comments today, I gave another try, still the same thing. Then I did something additional which made it work finally. I went to add-in windows (Alt+L+H), un-checked Name Manager, and clicked ok to close it. Then I went to add-in windows again to check the Name Manager, and now it works. And, it still works even if I restart Excel.

So the problem only seems to be at the initial setup, where it needed a couple of extra steps.


Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (2/5/2016 10:02:47 AM)

Hi Rakesh,

I've seen that happen with Excel 2013 and 2016 on occasion. Mostly if other instances are already open when installing an add-in.


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