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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 658, June 5, 2018, downloaded: 95,127 times)

Name Manager for Excel 97, 2000, XP and 2003 V4.3 (Build 655, Dec 13, 2016 Downloaded: 123,249 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: 10,309 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: 9,426 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 936 in total (Show All Comments):


Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (6/13/2018 8:11:35 AM)

Hi Tom,

Thanks. I agree the CF UI is terrible and so does MSFT.

They just haven't prioritized it high enough to work on it :-)

I did once start on a tool that removes duplicated CF rules. Get in touch and I'll see if I can dig it up. Email address @ the bottom.


Comment by: George (6/21/2018 11:57:13 PM)

Any known issue with Excel 2013? Excel crashes every time it's closed. Doesn't matter if it's opened from a file or blank spreadsheet.


Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (6/22/2018 4:40:26 PM)

Hi George,

I haven't heard of that issue yet I', afraid.


Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (6/22/2018 4:41:22 PM)

Hi Phil,

Odd, it works just fine for me?


Comment by: Andrew (7/5/2018 11:49:41 AM)

Hi - using Excel 2013 - and Name manager 4.3. It won't let me add formulas to the names I've set up, instead it defaults to =" "

Have tried importing from a sheet as well as adding directly into the Name Manager Dashboard area.



Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (7/5/2018 2:08:54 PM)

Hi Andrew,

This may sound weird, but what is your current keyboard language as set up in Windows?


Comment by: Andrew (7/20/2018 10:58:01 AM)

Hi Jan,

I emailed a few weeks ago about an issue where Name Manager seems to be resolving any formulas to blank (" ").

I'm still experiencing the same issues despite reinstalls and refreshes, which unfortunately means I can't use Name Manager.

I don't know if it helps but when I get an error around it, hitting debug shows me that the expression fxlNameManager2 has <No Variable> - I'm assuming this is related to it adding a blank entry when trying to update formula.

I hope that at some point you are able to fix it - Name Manager was really really useful for me in terms of handling and amending hundreds of named ranges.



Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (7/20/2018 11:30:25 AM)

Hi Andrew,

Odd problem indeed. Have you tried the current version as well? Also, please try closing all Windows explorer instances and then try the same in NM, does it then work?


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