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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 14 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
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Created in collaboration with Charles Williams, www.decisionmodels.com and Matthew Henson (mhenson@mac.com) who ensured the utility works on Mac Excel too.

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, 2021, 365 (both 32 and 64 bit versions)

As of now, also Mac compatible!

Name Manager for recent Excel versions V4.5 (Build 697, July 29, 2022, downloaded: 118.169 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: 127.487 times)

Mac version

GOOD NEWS! Name Manager also works on Mac Excel (if all is well). Just in case this does not apply to your Mac version: for your convenience Name Manager 2.3 (Downloaded: 11.240 times) is still available. Note that unfortunately this version of NM is NOT compatible with Office 2016 for Mac.

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 running Office Setup from Control Panel, Programs and do a repair of the Office installation.

After doing so, Name Manager should work as expected.

Latest additions (in reverse chronological order:)


The Where is a name used dialog of Name Manager


Download the zip file by clicking the link above that says "NameManager.zip". 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.

Note to Lambda developers

I highly recommend the Excel Lambda Explorer for Windows and Mac https://www.decisionmodels.com/FastExcelLambdaExplorer.htm

Excel Lambda Explorer is a FREE Excel Addin tool designed to make it easy to explore, understand and debug Excel Lambda Functions. Lambda Explorer and Name Manager work together: clicking the Name Manager Analyse button will prompt for parameter values for the selected Lambda and then launch Lambda Explorer using these values.

This is what the Excel Lambda Explorer looks like:

Decisionmodels.com Lambda Explorer

Feedback from users

From Jeremy (Assistant Controller):

"I just want to say that your Name Manager has saved our company tons of time and think its a great tool. We had files riddled with hidden names that were causing the files to take forever to open. Not sure why excel's native Name Manager doesn't show hidden names, but love your product and will promote it when I can."


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Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (18-7-2022 16:27:00) deeplink to this comment

Hi Vince,

It does not show that problem for me. Is this on a (very) large spreadsheet model (a lot of formulas) by any chance?

Comment by: Vince Hardwick (18-7-2022 16:30:00) deeplink to this comment

Hi again Jan,

You can disregard my earlier comment - yes the model is fairly large, I set it running again and left it for a few minutes while I made a coffee, and when I got back, it did get there in the end.



Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (18-7-2022 17:12:00) deeplink to this comment

Hi Vince,

Excellent, thanks for letting me know.

Comment by: Anish Ghuge (31-7-2022 06:41:00) deeplink to this comment


I installed this 2 weeks ago and the window took time to open. However, when I try it now and click on the name manager + icon, it freezes the workbook for a long time and then the window does not show up.

I tried reinstalling the utility but still no luck. Please help.


Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (1-8-2022 11:08:00) deeplink to this comment

Hi Ansih,

Is this with one particular workbook open? If yes, please click that N again and have a look at the statusbar of Excel. Name Manager should display a counter there stating something like "1/XXX" where the 1 counts up and XXX is the number of range names in your file. How many names does it say it is checking?

Comment by: Graham (1-8-2022 12:07:00) deeplink to this comment

Just found this and it looks great but using the latest version of name manager I have found that when changing the cell reference to a name there is a bug giving the wonderfully helpful message:

Run-time error '1004':
Method '_Default' of object 'Names' failed

Tested with a single spreadsheet with just 1 name same result, so doesn't seem linked to the sheet I'm working on.

Excel for Mac Version 16.63.1 (22071301)

Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (1-8-2022 16:19:00) deeplink to this comment

Hi Graham,

Thanks for reporting. What did you do precisely, did you edit the refersto box in the main NM window?

Comment by: Graham (1-8-2022 16:24:00) deeplink to this comment

Yes, I edited did you edit the refersto box in the main NM window.
The spreadsheet I first found this on has about 40 names but as I said the problem occurs with a new sheet with a single name. In addition it causes Excel to crash.

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