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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 648, Dec 5 2014, Downloaded: 114983 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 648, Dec 5 2014, downloaded: 62604 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: 7526 times) is still available!

Mac users, please note : version 4.0 does not work in the Mac environment, due to the use of Windows API calls. For your convenience, Name Manager 2.3 (Downloaded: 6749 times) is still available.


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.


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Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (11/27/2014 3:44:36 PM)

Hi Max,

Would you be willing to send that file to me?


Comment by: Max (11/27/2014 3:54:46 PM)

Yes no problem, the file with no data also contain the 100.000 references.


Comment by: Mike Eardley (12/5/2014 11:27:37 AM)

Hi, I just installed Name Manager 4.3 and it now only allows me to select the top most name in the list, if I select below that, say item 5 or 7 it goes straight back o selecting the first item again? (although the names below appear to work I cant edit or delete them, as the selection always changes back to the 2st item?)


Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (12/5/2014 12:06:50 PM)

Hi Mike,

Thank you for reporting this, I have just uploaded a fix for the issue.


Comment by: Mike Eardley (12/5/2014 12:33:50 PM)

Thanks, however, it still does not work, looking at the uploads it looks like the earlier version has a date of 5/12/14 now but the Excel 2010 version is still at 2/12/14? which is the one I need?

Regards Mike


Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (12/5/2014 2:36:47 PM)

Hi Mike,

Perhaps you were quicker to get to my site than my webserver was to update its caches :-)
It should be there now.


Comment by: David (12/10/2014 3:35:36 AM)

Running Name Manager 2.3 on Office 2004, Mac OS 10.4.11. Clicking the 'Add' button returns:

Run-time error '1004':
Method 'Show' of object 'Dialog' failed.

Tried using Name Manager because attempting to Define Name in any Excel workbook crashes Excel. However, Define Name does work on Excel 4.0 worksheets.


Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (12/10/2014 9:23:13 AM)

Hi David,

I'm really sorry to hear that. Unfortunately, for now, we are not investing in MAC development for NM.

It does sound as if either your Excel installation has a problem or your workbook.


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