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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: 107.080 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: 125.634 times)

Mac version

Mac users, for your convenience, Name Manager 2.3 (Downloaded: 10.220 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.


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Comment by: Christoph Passon (6-5-2020 10:28:00)

I tried out Namemanager on my Mac with Excel office.
The trial period is over and I do not want to buy namemanager, because it is so slow in my larger excel files with some 50 defined nams.

I did remove it from my excel but now I miss the standard Excel name manager. I only see "Define Name" and "Create from Selection" functions in the "Defined Names" Group of the Formulas ribbon.

Could you please tell me how to get the standard Excel namemanager back?



Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (6-5-2020 13:38:00)

Hi Christoph,

Which Name Manager version did you download?


Comment by: Christoph Passon (6-5-2020 14:10:00)

you can delete my comment. Excel for Mac 16.35 does not have a name manager like the Windows version. I remembered it incorrectly since I just switched to Mac for my business laptop.

Many greetings,


Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (6-5-2020 16:01:00)

Hi Christoph,

No problem at all!


Comment by: Jim (15-5-2020 15:29:00)

You should sell this. Excellent tool.


Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (15-5-2020 15:34:00)

Hi Jim,

Thanks, I've heard that before. It does make for good advertising indeed. Several of my larger projects I got because people knew me from Name Manager.


Comment by: Ahmad Saleem (16-5-2020 19:18:00)

How can I uninstall this since it is slowing down my Excel. I tried to explore it but I don't want it anymore.


Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (18-5-2020 11:44:00)

Hi Ahmad,

Open the add-ins dialog (File, Options,. Add-ins tab, click the Manager button) and uncheck Name Manager.


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