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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: 93,736 times)

Name Manager for Excel 97, 2000, XP and 2003 V4.3 (Build 655, Dec 13, 2016 Downloaded: 122,967 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: 10,197 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: 9,340 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 927 in total (Show All Comments):


Comment by: Des Murphy (1/31/2018 12:56:39 PM)

Is there a way to show tool tips on the various buttons?


Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (1/31/2018 1:55:44 PM)

Hi Des,

The buttons should show tooltips. They have done so for years!


Comment by: Lee Wylie (3/13/2018 5:01:48 PM)

Brilliant ad-in, just installed it and used it for the first time. It has saved me at least half an hour of messing about with local names by allowing me to globalise a list of local names.

Looking forward to getting the most out of it in my analysis work, thank you!


Comment by: Michael (3/15/2018 4:23:10 PM)

Hi I've gone ahead and reinstalled Name Manager (I had it on a previous laptop). I can see it the list of Active Application Add-ins in Excel, however when I open a file I cant find it in the ribbon as it used to be.

Can you suggest what I should do to locate it



Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (3/15/2018 5:12:47 PM)

Hi Michael,

have you tried unblocking the add-in file in Windows as describered here:


Comment by: Beat Bucher (4/12/2018 4:03:47 PM)

Hi Michael,
I've known NameManger for years as I used to have it already in Excel 2003 & up.. As I had switched laptop, I didn't re-install it and remembered about it the day I had to work with an Excel workbook with several name range and tables defined..
Somehow, the latest release of NM doesn't recognize the 'Tables' in Excel... is it me or was that never part of NM ?
I'm using Excel 2016 right now & the latest build of NM.
Thanks for your input..
Appreciate your support.


Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (4/12/2018 4:38:10 PM)

Hi Beat,

The FastExcel version of Name Manager does recognize table names. you can also download my free table tools add-in from my download page:


Comment by: Beat BUCHER (4/12/2018 4:42:58 PM)

Thanks a lot Jan,
I know Frederic Le Guen as a fellow MVP :-).
Will download the table add-on and give it a look to!
Thanks a lot for the quick reply.


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