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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) V4.5 (Build 680, Mar 25, 2021, downloaded: 111.283 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: 126.834 times)

Mac version

Mac users, for your convenience, Name Manager 2.3 (Downloaded: 10.686 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 (4.5):



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: Rachel Hamilton (22-3-2021 16:33:00) deeplink to this comment

I downloaded Name Manager 2.3 (Downloaded: 10.606 times).

Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (22-3-2021 17:54:00) deeplink to this comment

Hi Rachel,

Maybe it does not work after all? Fast Excel has a Mac version which includes Name Manager Pro. It is not for free, but worth the money!

Comment by: Craig Starnes (23-3-2021 07:36:00) deeplink to this comment

Been using NM for years on 2003, and I love it. But...how can I cancel or pause execution when it's taking a lot longer than expected? It doesn't seem to respond to ctrl-break or ctrl-c.

Need a few DoEvents in there somewhere? :)


Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (23-3-2021 10:45:00) deeplink to this comment

Hi Craig,

Which feature were you trying to interrupt? I do recall some are hard to stop, but knowing which to try saves me some work :-)

Comment by: Craig Starnes (24-3-2021 10:50:00) deeplink to this comment


I believe it was Overlapping names, and unused. Haven't tried many of the others, but I imagine it would be useful to be able to break any of them when dealing with thousands of named ranges or cells.

Thanks for the reply!

Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (25-3-2021 13:34:00) deeplink to this comment

Hi Craig,

I've updated NM you should now be able to interrupt the process with Escape.

Comment by: Helmut Kindler (26-3-2021 15:34:00) deeplink to this comment

Above you say the Version is: "V4.3 (Build 680, Mar 25, 2021, downloaded: 111.053 times)"

But if you install this download, it says it is "Version 4.5, build 680"

Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (26-3-2021 16:00:00) deeplink to this comment

Thank you Helmut!

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