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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: 88,860 times)

Name Manager for Excel 97, 2000, XP and 2003 V4.3 (Build 655, Dec 13, 2016 Downloaded: 121,809 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: 9,762 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: 8,922 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 905 in total (Show All Comments):


Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (9/26/2017 11:15:33 AM)

Hi Carlos,

Perhaps you have downloaded the Office 97-2003 version of NM, which does not include a ribbon?


Comment by: Andreas (10/4/2017 11:29:44 AM)

Hi Jan,

I also have the problem, that I can not find NM in ribbon. Add in is instaled correctly - without any failure message.
It seems that both links lead to the same source. Both zip files are identical.
Could you please help ?

Thanx in advance !



Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (10/4/2017 3:30:50 PM)

Hi Andreas,

Please remove all traces of Name Manager and download the one currently on the site (I have just updated it).

Then start Excel and:
- Open the add-ins dialog
- If NM is there try to select it and if Excel complains the file is missing, click Yes to delete
- Close add-ins dialog and close Excel
- Now install NM.


Comment by: Andreas (10/4/2017 4:43:42 PM)

Hi Jan,

thank you for the quick response.
The problem is still there. I did the steps you adviced.
But it seems to me, that the file date is the same as before. I can not see any change in date. Are there different links on the page? So, maybe I got a wrong one ?



Comment by: Andreas (10/4/2017 4:54:25 PM)

Hi Jan,

I tried the manual way for installing. Contrara to to the installer I took the .xsam file for office2013. That seem to run well. Now I have to work with it ;o)
Thank you for the support and a great tool.



Comment by: Lakshmikanth (11/8/2017 3:39:19 PM)

Thanks a lot :-)


Comment by: Wooders49 (11/16/2017 6:41:58 PM)

Hi Jan. Really Excellent utility but I have a similar problem to previous correspondents - the Name Manager icon doesn't stay on the Formula ribbon i.e. installed the NM add-in (various ways)and the icon appears, close Excel, Open Excel - it's gone. Only way to get it back is untick it in File\Options\Add-ins, close Excel, open Excel tick the NM add in - it appears and works OK until Excel is shut down. When Excel is re-opened the NM is missing again.
Please could you investigate as it's a fundamental flaw.


Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (11/17/2017 3:26:14 PM)

Hi Pauline,

This is a frequently recurring problem which is somehow caused by (I think) a bug in Excel. Some people experience it, others don't.
Personally, I don't have NM installed. Instead I open the xlam file when I need NM. Then I pin the file in my recent files so it is near the top.


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