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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 V4.2 (Build 644, August 12 2014, Downloaded: 113638 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 V4.2 (Build 644, August 12 2014, downloaded: 59947 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 (4.2):


Old versions

Not sure version 4.2 is stable? Name Manager 3.2 (Downloaded: 7350 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: 6554 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: Stephen Ma (6/17/2014 11:43:11 PM)

The Name Manager 4.2 works wonder. I provide informal support to a limited number of Excel users in my office. One of the file I created has a number of names with #REF! as value and I cannot even trace back to where the names come from. With your Add-On, I was able to delete all these names in one click. I receive praises which should be credit to all of you developers!!

Stephen Ma


Comment by: Pradeep (7/18/2014 8:01:37 AM)

Your add-in is indeed useful. (1) I was looking to download all named ranges in order to create a macro which recreates the names again. We prefer macro so as to dynamically set size of each name range. Your add-in allowed easy downloading of named ranges as an excel sheet. With such an elaborate listing possible, I feel it is easy to create a macro simultaneously wherein definitions of name ranges are specified. Would you be able to provide such an option? (2) Opening a complex excel file usually takes time and progress is indicated on Excel desktop poster in the form of loading percentage. But your add-in interferes with the poster and does not allow loading percentage to be seen. Could you address this issue? I have a feeling that excel loading time also increased due to add-in in case of my 100MB file.



Comment by: Shabs (8/25/2014 3:14:27 PM)

My excel 2011 (mac) keeps on shutting down when i try to install the add-in via the setup file... can you help?


Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (8/25/2014 3:25:39 PM)

Hi Shabs,

Perhaps you downloaded the version intended for Windows Excel? If you did DL the MAC version, the associated documentation file does contain a description on how to manually install the file.

BTW: There is no need to install the addin to use it, you can also just open it when you need it.


Comment by: Shabs (8/25/2014 3:41:46 PM)

Hi Jan,

Thanks for the quick response.

Not sure if I did install the wrong add-n but just for clarity I downloaded: Name Manager for Excel 2007, 2010 and 2013. And it has a xlam file so was pretty sure it was the correct add-in. I use this add-in a work (PC) all the time and quite used to it. But it just doesn't install on my Mac.

Hope this clarifies my question?


Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (8/25/2014 4:54:15 PM)

Hi Shabs,

That is not the right version for Mac Excel. Please look for a heading called "Old versions", there is a download there specific for Mac Excel.


Comment by: Lex Harrison (9/9/2014 12:19:31 PM)

Your name manager add-on for Excel looks very useful indeed, but although I have successfully installed on Office Excel for Mac 2011 ver 14.4.4 I have not yet succeeded in make a change to the definition of a named range. Clicking the RefersTo box and then making the change brings up the confirmation dialogue box. On clicking "yes" to accept the change is not made.

Any suggestions?


Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (9/9/2014 9:26:16 PM)

Hi Lex,

Hmm. I'm afraid I am unable to try this, since I do not own a Mac!


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