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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 655, Dec 13, 2016, downloaded: 87,335 times)

Name Manager for Excel 97, 2000, XP and 2003 V4.3 (Build 655, Dec 13, 2016 Downloaded: 121,536 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: 9,652 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: 8,817 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 896 in total (Show All Comments):


Comment by: Thomas Claussen (9/5/2017 2:51:47 PM)

Is this admin working for Excel 2011 (Mac)?


Comment by: Klaus (9/6/2017 7:33:31 PM)

I succesfully installed the current version 2007 4.3 build 655 on a Mac for Excel Version 15.37 (latest update received) in German version. However, after pressing the Name Manager button in the ribbon formula section I get a message as follows:

"Runtime error "53". File not found: user32"

Any chance you might assist?
Best regards, Klaus


Comment by: Aymeric (9/7/2017 5:45:11 PM)

Hi Jan,

Thanks for this very helpful tool.
I used to have it on former excel version and working fine. But since I have migrated to Excel 2016, I have a compilation error just after installation, saying :

"Compile error in hidden module: CMenuHandler.
This error commonly occurs when code is incompatible with version, platform, or architecture of this application..."

I have tried to multiply install/uninstall after excel reboot but nothing work.

Any idea ?



Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (9/8/2017 7:40:00 PM)

Hi Klaus,

That version is not compatible with Mac Excel I'm afraid, please look for version 2.3, which should work on a Mac:


Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (9/8/2017 7:41:05 PM)

Hi Thomas,

There is an old version that works on Mac Excel:


Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (9/8/2017 7:42:15 PM)

Hi Aymeric,

I'm sorry to hear that! We're considering removing the functionality that causes this compile error for some people. We'll publish an update here when we do!


Comment by: Klaus (9/8/2017 9:01:36 PM)

Hi Jan,

thanks for your advice. However, NM it still does not work with version 2.3.

In your instructions I further above could read: "Note that unfortunately NM is NOT compatible with Office 2016 for Mac."

Now, Excel vers. 15.nn is ultimately Office 2016. So finally there is currently no chance to get NM running on a Mac with Offic e2016. Too sad. Any future plans to make it working?

Best regards, Klaus


Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (9/9/2017 2:00:09 PM)

Hi Klaus,

No plans as of yet I'm afraid, I do not have any Apple devices.


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