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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 671, Jan 24, 2020, downloaded: 105.963 times)

Name Manager for Excel 97, 2000, XP and 2003 V4.3 (Build 655, Dec 13, 2016 Downloaded: 125.437 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: 11.155 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: 10.135 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 972 in total (Show All Comments):


Comment by: Romano (29-10-2019 18:30:00)

I've installed NameManager in a new laptop but when I click on it at the formula ribbon it just briefly appear a box and closes.
nothing happens.

Any idea?
In my previous laptop it was working perfectly.


Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (30-10-2019 09:03:00)

Hi Romano,

Does it help to first click the little Reset button next to the NM button?


Comment by: Julio Mazzarella (25-2-2020 18:22:00)


Does this add-in work well with Excel for Mac Office 365?



Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (26-2-2020 10:43:00)

Hi Julio,

The current version does not, but there is a an old version which should run on a Mac. ALso, Charles Williams is porting his entire FastExcel suite of tools (which includes an even more elaborate version of Name Manager) to Mac Excel. See


Comment by: JB (28-2-2020 08:55:00)

I loved this add on when I used Excel for work. Now use Libreoffice Calc for home use and am really missing it! Any chance to port this add on to OpenOffice applications?


Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (28-2-2020 13:48:00)

Hi JB,

I've tried doing precisely that over a decade ago but gave up as the language and object model were too different.


Comment by: Karim Salswach (28-2-2020 22:23:00)

Hi Jan,

Many years ago, I contacted you asking if there was a way of doing a "batch rename" as I had a model where I needed to change the names (not the range reference, just the range name). You kindly provided the following VBA:

Sub BatchRename()
'Uses functions from JKP's Name Manager addin:

'Takes a list of names (selected cells on worksheet in the file).
'Renames those names with the name which is in a column to the immediate right of the selected range

    Dim sOldname As String
    Dim sNewName As String
    Dim oCell As Range
    Dim lRowCount As Long
    lRowCount = Selection.Rows.Count
    Application.Run "'" & Workbooks("Name Manager 2007.xlam").FullName & "'!InitNameManager"
    For Each oCell In Selection.Cells
        If oCell.Row > 1 Then
            sOldname = oCell.Value
            sNewName = oCell.Offset(, 1).Value
            Application.StatusBar = sOldname & ", " & sNewName & ", " & Format(oCell.Row / lRowCount, "0%")
            If sOldname <> sNewName And sOldname <> "" And sNewName <> "" Then
                Application.Run "'" & Workbooks("Name Manager 2007.xlam").FullName & "'!replacename", sOldname, sNewName, True
            End If
        End If
    Application.StatusBar = False
    Application.Visible = True
End Sub

I have used that routine many, many times and it has been invaluable! I have used the code again recently, just replacing the old "Name Manager.xla" with the more current "Name Manager 2007.xlam", and it works perfectly fine!

The reason I am writing to you today is because I wonder if the code can be expanded to also modify the cells referenced by the names? (i.e. I would like to change both, the names and the references).

I hope you have a chance to read this note and to let me have your thoughts.

Best regards,
Karim Salswach
Calgary, AB


Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (2-3-2020 10:28:00)

Hi Karim,

Yes you could use the routine RedefineAName which has two arguments: the name (string) and the formula (string in local format).
YOu could also use the list and pickup buttons for this. CLick List to list all names, edit the list on the new worksheet (just edit the formulas) and then click the pickup button.


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