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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 653, Nov 14, 2016 Downloaded: 119,836 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 653, Nov 14, 2016, downloaded: 79,851 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: 9,117 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: 8,304 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 845 in total (Show All Comments):


Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (11/2/2016 10:23:53 AM) Direct link to this comment

Hi Stuart,

Odd, the add-in does not contain any third party controls. Try if repairing your Office installation helps resolve this error.


Comment by: Steve James (11/14/2016 11:41:53 AM) Direct link to this comment

I'm running NM 4.3/652 with Excel 2016 64-bit, but I'm getting an automation error when I try to access NM via the ribbon. When I exit Excel I get a "Excel has stopped working" error message.

I've tried doing a repair of Office 2016 as suggested above, but this has no effect.


Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (11/14/2016 4:33:12 PM) Direct link to this comment

Hi Steve,

What precisely does the Automation error say?


Comment by: David Hawkins (11/15/2016 6:16:59 PM) Direct link to this comment

For those looking at Excel 2016 here is my experience.
Have just got a new PC at work with latest Excel 2016, 64bit Windows 7 professional , but 32 bit excel - selected for compatibility - name manager installed with no apparent problems.

Thank you for a fantastic product - have some workbooks with over 150 named fields and tables - without the name manager I would be lost !



Comment by: Sandy (11/28/2016 6:01:08 PM) Direct link to this comment

What a wonderful product, thank you!

I am having a challenge running the suggested macro (BatchRename) from Page 20 of the user guide - I have 1000s of names to update in a large workbook, and started with a small batch of 100 or so.

When I export a list of names (central to a worksheet in the book), place them on the worksheet, place a set of replacement names in the column to the immediate right, and then select the names list I want to change then execute the script, I get:

Run-Time Error 9: Subscript out of range.

Debugging highlights the row:

Application.Run "'" & Workbooks("Name Manager.xlam").FullName & "'!InitNameManager"

I am running Office 2010. I have tried a few things here... I have renamed .xla to xlam (here as you can see and in the latter row it appears). For fun, I tried copying the .xlam file into the same directory as my excel workbook, which did not work either. I even changed the cell formats (with the names I want to change) from text to general in case that was the issue.

Any ideas....?? Your assistance would be deeply appreciated!!!

That aside, the tool itself has been a godsend!!!!!!


Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (11/28/2016 6:32:54 PM) Direct link to this comment

Hi Sandy,

Thanks for the compliments :-)
Perhaps your Windows is set to hide extensions, try omitting the .xlam part.


Comment by: Sandy (11/28/2016 7:49:12 PM) Direct link to this comment

Unfortunately omitting the extensions did not work. :-( I appreciate your trying though!


Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (11/29/2016 8:07:20 AM) Direct link to this comment

Hi Sandy,

My bad, the name should be identical to the filename of the add-in. SO if you have installed Name Manager 2007.xlam, please make sure to use that precise name:

    Application.Run "'" & Workbooks("Name Manager 2007.xlam").FullName & "'!InitNameManager"


                Application.Run "'" & Workbooks("Name Manager 2007.xlam").FullName & "'!replacename", sOldname, sNewName, True

NB: please do not click Debug should any runtime error occur, it may crash Excel!


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