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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, 365

Name Manager for recent Excel versions (starting with Excel 2007) V4.3 (Build 677, Feb 23, 2021, downloaded: 110.592 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: 126.660 times)

Mac version

Mac users, for your convenience, Name Manager 2.3 (Downloaded: 10.580 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 "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.


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Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (19-11-2020 14:25:00) deeplink to this comment

Hi Michael,

In what way does the add-in fail on your Mac?

Comment by: michael T sedwick (19-11-2020 16:05:00) deeplink to this comment

Jan --

     While I had to go through the 'manual' process to get the add-in loaded, and from the Add-in list, I can see it there & is checked..... Build 410

However, there is No Entry in the Tools Drop-down, or visible Icon in the ribbon.

I also checked (from a different message seen above) It is in the VBA editor as a project.

So While it does appear to have been loaded into Excel, I can not see/find it to be able to use it.



Comment by: michael T sedwick (19-11-2020 16:11:00) deeplink to this comment

I Should Add, I have tried this on 2-different machines now (That's How desperate I am to get this to work), with the same results as mentioned above. Even rebooted the iMac.....



Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (20-11-2020 11:54:00) deeplink to this comment

Hi Michael,

I suggest you try the Mac version (rather old, but should do the trick):

Comment by: Paul Martin (11-1-2021 13:50:00) deeplink to this comment

I have a spreadsheet which has 35.000 spurious hidden names which is causing Excel to crash frequently, preventing me from saving the spreadsheet. The M/S name manager doesn't work in this spreadsheet, but I can delete the spurious names using your Name Manager, except for 4 of them. Unfortunately, the existence of these four names seems to still cause crashing when I try to save.
Do you know what I need to do the get the Name Manager to delete these final four names?

Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (12-1-2021 13:27:00) deeplink to this comment

Hi Paul,

Some names can only be deleted by editing the underlying xml of the file. My remediation tool is capable of deleting those:

Comment by: Andres Pardo (20-1-2021 14:21:00) deeplink to this comment

For many years, NM was a critical add-in for my Excel 2003 projects. But I stopped using it when the new versions of Excel came with a built-in alternative with the same name (in the Formulas ribbon).
However, I found out I can't modify the scope of names from ws to wb with the built-in NM, and thus installed your NM again to do so.
I'm sorry but I just can't make it (4.3/676) work (Excel 2013): even though it shows under the installed addins and even under C:\Users\... etc, I can't execute it. When clicking NM under the Formulas ribbon, I still ge tthre built-in version.
Please how can I execute your much btter version?

Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (20-1-2021 14:31:00) deeplink to this comment

Hi Andres,

You may be affected by this problem:

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