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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 668, Apr 23, 2019, downloaded: 104.770 times)

Name Manager for Excel 97, 2000, XP and 2003 V4.3 (Build 655, Dec 13, 2016 Downloaded: 125.213 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: 11.060 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: 10.034 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 966 in total (Show All Comments):


Comment by: Gary Rosner (10-8-2019 19:53:00)

I messed up the install by trying to manually add the Name Manager addin (I wanted it in the non-standard folder).
Now, when I click Macros button in Excel, I see a bunch of macros with names like "Copy(1) of setup Name Manager 2007.xls that I am unable to delete. How do i remove the


Comment by: Gary Rosner (10-8-2019 21:54:00)

I was able to remove Name Manager using the instructions provided in the documentation. The weird thing was that even after deleting the Name Manager xlam files, several entries remained in my list of Macros, AND the name manager xlam files continued to look like they were being opened. This all clear up after a reboot. Perhaps some strange caching going on. Anyway, I'm on my way to reading the documentation and hopefully using this addin.
PS - I'm also using Office 365 and One-Drive.


Comment by: Gary Rosner (10-8-2019 22:09:00)

I am using Name Manager for only a short time. Thank you for this wonderful utility. Microsoft should hire you and more people like you to help improve Excel!



Comment by: Shawn (7-10-2019 08:35:00)

I am trying to install Name Manager on Office 2019 x64, but I am unable to use the addin.

After installing it, I went into Developer Tab > Excel Add-ins and verified that it's there.

But then, I am unable to find a ribbon button to start Name Manager. I couldn't find it anywhere. How do you start using it? Which button starts Name Manager?


Comment by: Shawn (7-10-2019 08:41:00)

Sorry, I found it.

Please, add to the instructions:

-Save excel, -Close it, -Reopen it
-You'll see the Name Manager add-in in the Formulas tab

It didn't work, because I haven't restart Excel!
After restarting, the program icon is now showing up, and Name Manager is starting.

Thank you


Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (8-10-2019 21:19:00)

Hi Shawn,

Hmm, funny. I don't have to close and reopen Excel to achieve that. But this might be related to another Excel window being open.


Comment by: Romano (29-10-2019 18:30:00)

I've installed NameManager in a new laptop but when I click on it at the formula ribbon it just briefly appear a box and closes.
nothing happens.

Any idea?
In my previous laptop it was working perfectly.


Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (30-10-2019 09:03:00)

Hi Romano,

Does it help to first click the little Reset button next to the NM button?


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