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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: 103.070 times)

Name Manager for Excel 97, 2000, XP and 2003 V4.3 (Build 655, Dec 13, 2016 Downloaded: 124.880 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: 10.947 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: 9.918 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.


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Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (11-3-2019 11:00:10)

Hi Joe,

I get these complaints on and off. They are hard to trouble-shoot from here :-) Have you tried making sure no other instances of Excel are open and then on the single instance you open check the add-ins, then close and reopen Excel?
Also, if you reopen Excel and then click on either of the add-ins in the add-ins dialog, does Excel complain they are unavailable? If so, please make sure the add-in files are in a normal folder, not in a compressed (.zip) folder.


Comment by: Greg M (22-4-2019 19:07:00)

Hi Jan,

I'm using version Build 666.

My question is, has this Add-In been saved with Manual Calculation enabled?

When I Open the Add-In directly (i.e. not install it via the Developer > AddIns tab) and then check the File > Options > Formulas tab, the Calculation mode is shown as Manual and the Calculation OptionButtons are disabled.

It seems to me that the result of this is that some of my workbooks have been subsequently stored with Manual Calculation, and unless I am careful, this Calculation setting will be spread throughout other workbooks as and when they are saved.

I would be grateful for any light you could shed on this matter.

Many thanks for producing such a great utility!


Greg M


Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (22-4-2019 21:20:00)

Hi Greg,

Thanks for pointing that out, let me check this. I'll send you an email once I get round to it hopefully later this week.


Comment by: krishna (24-4-2019 13:02:00)

does it work on office 365 excel version?


Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (24-4-2019 13:48:00)

Hi krishna,

Yes it does.


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!



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