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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 (both 32 and 64 bit versions)

Name Manager for recent Excel versions V4.5 (Build 688, October 12, 2021, downloaded: 114.048 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: 127.126 times)

Mac version

Mac users, for your convenience, Name Manager 2.3 (Downloaded: 10.944 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 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:)



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: Lothar Kaess (13-9-2021 17:16:00) deeplink to this comment

After installing Name Manager I am getting the following error:
Sorry, Excel can't open two workbooks with the same name at the same time.
After clicking the OK button, Excel and Name Manager work without errors. Excel 2013 is running on Azure.
I don't get the error message when I remove Name Manager.

Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (13-9-2021 20:34:00) deeplink to this comment

Hi Lothar,

Where did you save the file exactly?

Comment by: Martin (14-9-2021 15:36:00) deeplink to this comment

Hi there at JKP,

after reading a couple of positive statements about the Name Manager I tried to install there seem to be several problems concerning an error loading a DLL, being unable to run a macro and so on. Is there any structured installation document solving problems like that? Pretty sure I will need the Name Manager to get rid of some problems concerning names.

Thanks for your time, best regards,


Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (14-9-2021 20:26:00) deeplink to this comment

Hi Martin,

The vast majority of people downloading the tool never have an issue with it so I suggest you try it.

Comment by: Martin (16-9-2021 09:18:00) deeplink to this comment

Hi Jan,

in fact; I tried it. That's why I asked for a document. I got a couple of error messages after using the setup.xls (which I considered to be a great idea). I'm really sorry not to be part of the vast majority, but I do need the tool as far as I understand the features.

Pretty sure, there are a lot of problems that might occur. That was the idea behind the question about a structured document.

Best regards,


Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (16-9-2021 10:04:00) deeplink to this comment

Hi Martin,

Fair enough. First I would suggest to make sure no name manager is in Excels add-in list:
- close all instances of Excel
- find all nm files and move them to a temporary folder. As long as they are no longer in their original location you're good.
- open excel, open the addins dialog, click on any nm entry and have it deleted
- close and reopen excel, check if none are left behind
- the manual contains manual setup instructions, follow those to redo the setup instead of using the setup file

Comment by: James Lightfoot (28-9-2021 14:10:00) deeplink to this comment

Does Name Manager allow changing a named range's Scope and/or allow copying? For me, when I would like to change a named range's scope is to take its scope from a specific worksheet to workbook. The copy request is so that I can create named ranges for duplicate worksheets (e.g. PDP1, PDP2, PDP3) to avoid the auto-naming Excel does w/ the number suffix.

Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (28-9-2021 18:08:00) deeplink to this comment

Hi James,

You can change the scope of a name by clicking the Globe icon (globalize) or the crossed-out globe icon (Localize).

If you click the Add Name button (the green plus), you can add the same name to all sheets by using the "All Sheets" option in the Scope drop-down. Make sure you do not use sheet names in the cell references in the refers to formula.

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