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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: 118,943 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: 74,939 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: 8,686 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: 7,879 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 818 in total (Show All Comments):


Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (2/10/2016 7:24:41 AM)

Hi Terry,

If you haven't done so yet, perhaps it helps to have Office look for updates?


Comment by: Terry Copeck (2/10/2016 8:30:24 AM)

I can see the logic: a fresh installation from the CD rolls the code back to the original release. Windows Update today offers for three updates for Office 2003: SP3, KB2543854, and KB907417. ... I'm leery about WU now; it's getting pretty coercive about Windows 10.

However my own investigation of the problem didn't lead me in the direction of outdated code because NM 4.3 runs in an second new installation of Excel 2003 made in the last few hours in a spare partition and that installation would be equally out of date.

But--updating the problematic Excel 2003 installation with SP3 did the trick. Who knows why? Your fresh perspective was what was needed, though. Thank you.


Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (2/10/2016 8:35:51 AM)

Hi Terry,

Who knows. Some updates are Windows updates, but affect Office as well.


Comment by: Terry Copeck (2/10/2016 8:47:54 AM)

"Some updates are Windows updates, but affect Office as well", which might explain it. The spare partition is necessarily not as up-to-date as a partition used every day.


Comment by: Joe OConnor (3/16/2016 7:56:29 PM)

I started getting a compile error a few days ago as Excel opens and tries to launch Name Manager. I've been using Name Manager 4.3, Build 651, for some time without issue. Office version is 15.0.4805.1003.

The complete error message is: "Compile error in hidden module: CMenuHandler. This error commonly occurs when code is incompatible with the version, platform, or architecture of this application. Click "Help" for information on how to correct this error."

I've already tried your suggestion to uncheck and re-check Name Manager in Manage Add-ins (2/9/2016 11:08:11 AM).


Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (3/17/2016 8:21:18 AM)

Hi Joe,

Perhaps a recent update has caused the problem? You could try to restore your Windows PC to a previous point in time. Alternatively, often a repair of Office solves a problem like this one.


Comment by: Martin Nolan (5/15/2016 11:03:53 PM)

An Office update ran on my Windows 7 x64 machine today and I started experiencing the same issue as Joe. Uninstalling and reinstalling the add-in did not help, a full Office repair did not help, and a restore is not available. There is no Office update showing in the updates list although there were some .Net security updates.


Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (5/16/2016 4:45:42 PM)

Hi Martin,

Well, you could try uninstalling those .NET updates, but I doubt if it'll help :-). Try searching your system for .exd files and removing those (They are temporary so can be safely deleted).


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