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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: 89,566 times)

Name Manager for Excel 97, 2000, XP and 2003 V4.3 (Build 655, Dec 13, 2016 Downloaded: 121,956 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: 9,815 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: 8,970 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 913 in total (Show All Comments):


Comment by: Wooders (11/18/2017 7:34:33 AM)

Hi Jan. Thanks for your response to my 'disappearing icon' problem and your suggested solution.
I also came up with a similarly convenient workaround by putting this short macro in my Personal.xlsb and attaching it to an icon on the Quick Access Toolbar

Sub NameMgr()
    AddIns("Name Manager Utility").Installed = False
    AddIns("Name Manager Utility").Installed = True
End Sub

Thanks again for a 'life saving' utility


Comment by: Dan (11/30/2017 5:48:10 AM)

Hi, thanks for this useful tools. i have problem when i run name manager in formulas tab it shows blank warning pop-up and then i got this error "run-time error 9: subscript out of range". Do you have solution for this? thanks


Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (11/30/2017 10:40:58 AM)

Hi Dan,

can I perhaps ask you to share the workbook you have open which might cause the error as well as the steps you took to cause the error?


Comment by: Biagio (12/5/2017 10:40:44 AM)

Please , I need some help to change language to Italian, it does not show in the drop down list.
Thanks, grazie !!!!


Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (12/5/2017 3:55:15 PM)

Hi Biagio,

Odd, Italiano should be in the list of languages! (mind you, the list is not in alphabetical order...)


Comment by: Biagio (12/6/2017 7:33:14 AM)

Thanks for you attention.
At least, in my copy of Namemanager 'Italian' is not showing, even in alfabetical 'disorder'...
I'm using excel 2003 and excel 2013


Comment by: Filiep (12/7/2017 4:21:53 PM)

I have used the latest version of Name Manager with Excel 2007. The Add-In works; however, the Ctrl-Shift-Arrow combination does not longer work in formulas. The key combination works to selects a range but not in formulas. I did not have this problem with a previous version installed in combination with Excel 2013. In formulas I obtain the wrong range (sum) or an error (index). I will be happy to send you screen shots.

I have posted a question and answer on

Maybe someone has an answer to solve this problem. I had to disable Name Manager to continue to work normally.



Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (12/8/2017 9:05:03 AM)

Hi Filiep,

Thanks for reporting. This is a known issue which only some users seem to experience and is very hard to fix. If we find one we'll certainly implement it!


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