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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.

Name Manager

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 665, Oct 8, 2018, downloaded: 98,178 times)

Name Manager for Excel 97, 2000, XP and 2003 V4.3 (Build 655, Dec 13, 2016 Downloaded: 123,873 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".

In such a case, Name Manager will automatically turn off its feature to display a toolbar in the VBA editor.

This error is mostly resolved by:

Excel 2003: open Excel and select Help, detect and repair from the menu.
Excel 2007 and up: 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 4.3 is stable? Name Manager 3.2 (Downloaded: 10,566 times) is still available!

Mac users, please note : version 3.2 does not work in the Mac environment, due to the use of Windows API calls. For your convenience, Name Manager 2.3 (Downloaded: 9,629 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 951 in total (Show All Comments):


Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (10/22/2018 10:12:10 AM)

Hi Tom,

To be honest I have no idea; I do not own any Mac computer.
I'll have to ask Charles Williams with whom I co-developed NM.


Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (10/22/2018 10:49:06 AM)

Hi Tom,

Can you please try FastExcel (which includes Name Manager) from Charles Williams' website:


Comment by: Carlos N (10/22/2018 11:40:51 PM)

I just installed the latest Name Manager+ (Thanks for a great resource!!) on a new computer with Office 2013. I noticed in the ribbon, next to Name Manager there is a small "VBE" checkbox and a "reset" button. What do these two items do?


Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (10/23/2018 11:16:52 AM)

Hi Carlos,

The VBE checkbox (de-)activates the toolbar in the VBA editor, the reset button resets the window positions of NM+ which is sometimes needed when you switch from using a single monitor setup to a dual monitor setup.


Comment by: Deniz Erkan (11/1/2018 7:00:56 PM)

Hi. I just installed 4.3 and I think there's a small cosmetic issue. My display is 3840x2160 and my size of text scaling is set to 250%. The size of the images on the top row of buttons in the popup window is tiny, I can't make out what each button is. Maybe this is a display scaling issue.

It might also be helpful to have tooltips on the little buttons when the user has the mousepointer over them. I know the manual says there is a way to switch the buttons from images to just text, but I am unable to figure out which button is "Options" and images with tooltips would still be nice.


Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (11/2/2018 11:46:26 AM)

Hi Deniz,

You can find that option in the list-box in the bottom-right corner, just below the Unused only checkbox.


Comment by: Bruno Schöllhorn (11/6/2018 9:58:41 AM)

Hello Jan Karel,
first many thanks for your great tool! It is really helpfull.
I have bought the FastExcel-tool (only the module of the NameManager). Now I see here, that you still have your own version/tool. Is there any difference between the two tools?
Best regards früm Germany


Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (11/6/2018 10:16:33 AM)

Hi Bruno,

Yes there are some features which are only available in the FXL version of NM.


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