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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 655, Dec 13, 2016, downloaded: 83,839 times)

Name Manager for Excel 97, 2000, XP and 2003 V4.3 (Build 655, Dec 13, 2016 Downloaded: 120,810 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: 9,418 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: 8,585 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 871 in total (Show All Comments):


Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (3/2/2017 6:47:55 PM)

Hi Helmut,

Perhaps a keyboard setting fools Name Manager. Are you using "accented keys"? It means if you type the ", nothing happens until you type e.g. the o to give you an .


Comment by: graham (3/3/2017 11:45:38 PM)

Just downloaded and used to update copied worksheet with 30+ named ranges, resetting the scope. Saved me 1/2 hour at least! Thank you.


Comment by: Brett (3/24/2017 10:45:52 PM)

Thanks for making Name Manager available, it has come in handy when needing to edit large numbers of named ranges.

I use both Windows and Mac versions and I recently noticed odd behavior in the Mac version. When opening Excel (2016), Excel presents the Enable Macros dialog before it shows the Gallery window. I've traced this to Name Manager, my other add-ins don't do this. If I unload Name Manager, this behavior goes away. If I recheck Name Manager in the Add-Ins dialog, I immediately get the Enable Macros dialog.

Name Manager seems to be behaving more like a hidden macro-enabled workbook than an add-in (xlam). Can anyone on the development side replicate this?


Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (3/25/2017 6:42:08 PM)

Hi Brett,

Odd indeed. I assume this is version 2.3 you are talking about, correct?


Comment by: Brett (3/28/2017 5:18:40 PM)

Hi Jan:

My apologies, I had mistakenly installed v4.3, which isn't Mac-compatible. v4.3 must have been opening something that caused the Enable Macros dialog to appear. As noted at the top of the page, this does not work in Excel 2016 on the Mac.


Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (3/29/2017 7:45:12 AM)

Hi Brett,

No problem!


Comment by: Geoff (4/8/2017 2:16:55 PM)

Thanks. This has solved the reporting of apparently non-existent names when copying worksheets.
At last copying goes ahead without annoying messages.


Comment by: Deana (4/14/2017 4:29:49 PM)

Thank you!!! I have been working with a legacy file with literally thousands (2,730) of hidden "names". I used your tool and for the first time ever have been able to see and remove the unneeded and invalid names.

YOU are a lifesaver!!!

Thank you thank you thank you, a thousand times thank you!!!



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