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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: 108.539 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: 125.950 times)

Mac version

Mac users, for your convenience, Name Manager 2.3 (Downloaded: 10.369 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: Paul Smith (12-6-2020 19:17:00)

Hi Jan,

Sorry not sure I follow in this case it was for a batch change of around 500 names, so doing it manually in NM was not an attractive option.

I did find this code on MrExcel though that works so will use that in future for batch changes.

Sub NameChanger()
    Dim arNames()
    Dim nm As Name
    Dim i As Integer
    arNames = Sheets("Sheet2").Range("NameList").Value
    For i = LBound(arNames) To UBound(arNames)
        For Each nm In ActiveWorkbook.Names
            If nm.Name = arNames(i, 1) Then
                nm.Name = arNames(i, 2)
            End If
        Next nm
    Next i
End Sub




Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (12-6-2020 19:27:00)

Hi Paul,

Yes I was thinking along those lines indeed.


Comment by: Vaughan Roberts (2-7-2020 08:52:00)

I have Excel365 on a Mac. I tried to install your NameManager addin but could not find the folders you suggested I use.
~/Library/Group Containers/UBF8T346G9.Office/User Content.localized/Add-Ins.localized/

so I tried installing in
~/Library/Group Containers/UBF8T346G9.Office/User Content/Add-Ins/

after restarting Excel it did find the add-in.


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:


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