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This is how the Name Manager works in Excel

Normally we are used to working in Excel with numbers and above all cell references. Hardly known, however, is the name manager function in Excel. This makes it easier for you to assign names to predefined areas, and then later make calculations in relation to each other.

This is how the Name Manager works in Excel

Topic Overview

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The Excel Name Manager saves all the areas you have defined. Of course, you can also edit these conveniently later, thus expanding or reducing areas and the corresponding formulas. The advantage of defined areas lies in the clearer design of formulas. How it all works exactly, we would like to explain in more detail in our article.

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This is how the Name Manager works in Excel

Normally we are used to working in Excel with numbers and above all cell references. Hardly known, however, is the name manager function in Excel. This makes it easier for you to assign names to predefined areas, and then later make calculations in relation to each other.

This is how the Name Manager works in Excel

Topic Overview

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The Excel Name Manager saves all the areas you have defined. Of course, you can also edit these conveniently later, thus expanding or reducing areas and the corresponding formulas. The advantage of defined areas lies in the clearer design of formulas. How it all works exactly, we would like to explain in more detail in our article.

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1. Let Excel automatically assign names

1. Let Excel automatically assign names

In our first example, we have created a small table that shows the sales for the top sellers of a furniture store in different branches. From this, Excel automatically assigns names for areas with which it can be calculated. It is important that your table contains headers. Because these are later used by the name manager as named areas.

In order to let the name manager automatically assign names, please proceed as follows:

  • Mark your entire table
  • Call the name manager via the tab: “Formulas” – “Create from selection”
  • Put hooks where you have created headers (in the example only the top row)
  • Confirm with OK”

After these first steps you will find under the button “Use in formula” also the headlines which you can use for calculations.

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Automatically assign names by Excel
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We simply want to calculate the net amounts in the right column of the table, and immediately use our name manager for it.

  • Click in the first cell to calculate
  • Then use the “Use formula” button to “Sales”

Since in our example we want to discount VAT of 19%, we divide the sales accordingly by 1.19. So we counted on names and absolute numbers here. Of course, for the tax rate could have also create a named area, and would have created only the name manager the formula.

After confirming the formula with “Enter”, all we have to do is extend the Excel copy control (double-click on the lower right corner of the cell) and calculate the net amounts for the whole table.

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In our first example, we have created a small table that shows the sales for the top sellers of a furniture store in different branches. From this, Excel automatically assigns names for areas with which it can be calculated. It is important that your table contains headers. Because these are later used by the name manager as named areas.

In order to let the name manager automatically assign names, please proceed as follows:

  • Mark your entire table
  • Call the name manager via the tab: “Formulas” – “Create from selection”
  • Put hooks where you have created headers (in the example only the top row)
  • Confirm with OK”

After these first steps you will find under the button “Use in formula” also the headlines which you can use for calculations.

See picture (click to enlarge)

Automatically assign names by Excel
Use named ranges in Excel
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We simply want to calculate the net amounts in the right column of the table, and immediately use our name manager for it.

  • Click in the first cell to calculate
  • Then use the “Use formula” button to “Sales”

Since in our example we want to discount VAT of 19%, we divide the sales accordingly by 1.19. So we counted on names and absolute numbers here. Of course, for the tax rate could have also create a named area, and would have created only the name manager the formula.

After confirming the formula with “Enter”, all we have to do is extend the Excel copy control (double-click on the lower right corner of the cell) and calculate the net amounts for the whole table.

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Calculate with Name Manager
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2. Defining individual areas as defined

2. Defining individual areas as defined

The procedure from our first example, in which we let Excel have the name automatically, is the fastest procedure, but of course not always what is needed.

Basically, you can give each cell in Excel a unique name in 2 ways:

  • About the name manager
  • Directly via name field (to the left of the edit line)

We have now changed our example so that we have entered the VAT rate in a separate cell, off the turnover table, and this named the “tax”.

You can name a cell using the Name Manager as follows:

  • Under “Formulas” – “Name Manager” click on “New”
  • Give the cell an arbitrary name
  • Set the cell in question
  • Confirm with OK”

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Naming the cell directly via the name field works as follows:

  • Click in the relevant cell with the value relevant for the calculation
  • Enter any name to the left of the edit line and confirm with “Enter”

Regardless of which of the two methods you choose, the names assigned to cells are always displayed in the name manager so that you always have an overview of which cells a name has been assigned to. So that in our example this time we can really only perform the calculation via the name manager, we have added another column for the tax value.

Now, without having to enter another formula, we can do it all through the name manager. If you want to check where with which name was calculated, you can check this at any time on the tab “Formulas” – “Show formulas”.

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Names for cells in Excel via name field
Display formulas in Excel

The procedure from our first example, in which we let Excel have the name automatically, is the fastest procedure, but of course not always what is needed.

Basically, you can give each cell in Excel a unique name in 2 ways:

  • About the name manager
  • Directly via name field (to the left of the edit line)

We have now changed our example so that we have entered the VAT rate in a separate cell, off the turnover table, and this named the “tax”.

You can name a cell using the Name Manager as follows:

  • Under “Formulas” – “Name Manager” click on “New”
  • Give the cell an arbitrary name
  • Set the cell in question
  • Confirm with OK”

See picture (click to enlarge)

Create name with name manager in Excel
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Naming the cell directly via the name field works as follows:

  • Click in the relevant cell with the value relevant for the calculation
  • Enter any name to the left of the edit line and confirm with “Enter”

Regardless of which of the two methods you choose, the names assigned to cells are always displayed in the name manager so that you always have an overview of which cells a name has been assigned to. So that in our example this time we can really only perform the calculation via the name manager, we have added another column for the tax value.

Now, without having to enter another formula, we can do it all through the name manager. If you want to check where with which name was calculated, you can check this at any time on the tab “Formulas” – “Show formulas”.

See picture (click to enlarge)

Names for cells in Excel via name field
Display formulas in Excel
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3. Conclusion

3. Conclusion

As you have seen, it is actually relatively easy to use the name manager, and so make the work a little clearer. Of course it’s a bit more work at the beginning, but it may be worthwhile to rely on this little helper, especially for more complex and long tables, instead of having to scroll through tables to make certain cell references for calculations.

Incidentally, it is also possible to use the name manager across tables. And as soon as you want to make calculations across multiple spreadsheets, you’ll soon appreciate the name manager.

As you have seen, it is actually relatively easy to use the name manager, and so make the work a little clearer. Of course it’s a bit more work at the beginning, but it may be worthwhile to rely on this little helper, especially for more complex and long tables, instead of having to scroll through tables to make certain cell references for calculations.

Incidentally, it is also possible to use the name manager across tables. And as soon as you want to make calculations across multiple spreadsheets, you’ll soon appreciate the name manager.

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Michael Suhr
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After 20 years in logistics management, I have been working as a freelance web designer and office trainer since the beginning of 2015. Incidentally, I give tips and tricks for more digital skills in my blog as time permits.

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About the author:

Michael Suhr
Michael SuhrWebdesigner / Economist
After 20 years in logistics management, I have been working as a freelance web designer and office trainer since the beginning of 2015. Incidentally, I give tips and tricks for more digital skills in my blog as time permits.

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2019-10-06T17:44:10+02:00By |Categories: Excel 2016/2019, Office 2016/2019|Tags: , |