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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 661, Sep 17, 2018, downloaded: 96,404 times)

Name Manager for Excel 97, 2000, XP and 2003 V4.3 (Build 655, Dec 13, 2016 Downloaded: 123,532 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: 10,405 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: 9,508 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 942 in total (Show All Comments):


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?


Comment by: Owen Sparks (8/15/2018 1:31:00 PM)

Hi love your name manage, have used it for a while.

On a recent install of excel 2003 on WIN10 I get the "Compile Error in hidden module, fxlNameManager". but the repair does not fix it.

Also excel mostly crashes on shut down and then reopens. Uninstalling NM or just unticking from the add-in list prevents the crashes.

Any suggestions gratefully received as I don't want to live without your add in, it's saved my bacon on several occasions by finding hidden errors native excel can't see.


Owen S.


Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (8/16/2018 10:41:30 AM)

Hi Owen,

Sorry to hear about your problem. Does the old version available on this page work?


Comment by: Martin Nolan (9/3/2018 7:47:51 PM)

With regards to the CMenuHandler error, a year ago (9/8/2017 7:42:15 PM) you said you're considering removing the functionality that causes this compile error for some people. Do you have an update on this issue?

For me it takes a large number of clicks to get past the error and then the addin functions properly for a while. As a result, I keep the addin unchecked unless I really need it.


Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (9/6/2018 9:16:26 AM)

Hi Martin,

Name Manager now detects the compile error and turns the part which sometimes causes it off so the compile error no longer happens.


Comment by: Christine (9/12/2018 9:45:12 AM)

Herzlichen Dank an das Entwicklerteam! Die nervigen Meldungen, die viele Dateien aus der xls-Generation mitgeschleppt haben konnte ich mit Eurer Hilfe endlich abstellen.
Freundliche Grüße


Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (9/12/2018 10:13:57 AM)

Hallo Christine,

My pleasure entirely!


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