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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

This is the one to download if you are on any of these versions: 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, 365

Name Manager for recent Excel versions (starting with Excel 2007) V4.3 (Build 673, Apr 3, 2020, downloaded: 109.027 times)

Old version

If you're still using one of the antique versions of Excel this is your download:

Name Manager for old Excel versions (97, 2000, XP and 2003) V4.3 (Build 655, Dec 13, 2016 Downloaded: 126.053 times)

Mac version

Mac users, for your convenience, Name Manager 2.3 (Downloaded: 10.423 times) is still available. Note that unfortunately NM is NOT compatible with Office 2016 for Mac.

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):



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 1002 in total (Show All Comments):


Comment by: Vaughan Roberts (2-7-2020 08:58:00)

However, when I tried to use it I got:

Run-time error '53':
File not found: User32


Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (2-7-2020 14:26:00)

Hi Vaughan,

Unfortunately there is no recent Mac version of Name Manager. However, Charles Williams sells a more comprehensive set of tools which is compatible with Mac Excel:


Comment by: Les Gordon (11-7-2020 08:30:00)

I've installed name manager, build 673 but can't find it anywhere in the ribbon. I've re-started excel, checked the Add-ins; what should I have done?


Comment by: Les Gordon (11-7-2020 08:34:00)

I should have said I'm using Microsoft 365.


Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (18-7-2020 19:24:00)

Hi Les,

Possibly this issue:


Comment by: Kristoffer (23-9-2020 11:13:00)


I love this kind of tool and it is unfortunate that Microsoft doesn't have this support by default. I used it once when I had to mass change a bunch of named formulas. However, today when I wanted to use the tool again I ran into problems.

I recently update to Excel Office 365 ProPlus version 2002 (Build 12527) and have Name manager 2007 installed. When I use the NM the dialog box doesn't show me the names while using "Local to acitve sheet" filter. Shouldn't all names linked to the active sheet be listed here? I can only see the names when I choose all or Global filter. Also when I choose the "Local to any Sheet" filter there is no names related to cell reference, only print_Tiles, Print_Area and _FilterDatabase listed.

Is this how NM should behave and I've just misunderstood or is there a bug with the latest Excel update?


Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (24-9-2020 17:00:00)

Hi Kristoffer,

Can you perhaps share a sample file with me?


Comment by: Kristoffer (25-9-2020 07:56:00)

Any new file I create and add named range or reference gets this presumably error. In NM I can’t see the named reference while using “Local to active sheet” or “Local to any sheet”. It only shows using Global or all. I suppose it should be visible in local sheet when I have that sheet active?


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