How to Edit Defined Names in Excel (Step-by-Step Guideline)

In Microsoft Excel, a defined name is a name that can be a single cell, range of cells, constant value, or formula. You can easily edit defined names by following the simple way below.

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Steps to Edit Defined Names in Excel

Dataset Introduction

In the following picture, there are 3 separate columns with some random names, their genders, and ages. All of the sections have been defined with different names that can be found in the Name Box or Name Manager. Let’s say we want to edit the name of a cell range that contains all the names only.

Dataset Introduction

Step 1: Launch the Name Manager Window in Excel

The Name Manager tool is generally used to define, find, edit or delete a named range. Let’s see how we can use this tremendous tool to edit a defined name for a range.

  • First, go to the Formulas tab.
  • Next click on Name Manager from the Defined Names group.

The Name Manager window will open up.

Launch the Name Manager Window in Excel

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Step 2: Select the Defined Names That You Want to Edit in Excel

In the Name Manager window, all the defined names from any worksheet will be visible to us. From this section, we have to select a named range and move to edit the name, formula or range location.

  • Since we want to edit the defined name with the title ‘Nam’, choose the corresponding row in the following window.

Select the Defined Names That You Want to Edit in Excel

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Step 3: Edit the Defined Names

  • Now click on the Edit button. This will open a pop-up window.

Edit the Defined Names

  • Then, Edit the defined name.

Edit the Defined Names

  • Click on the OK button. This will change the defined name.

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Final Output

After closing the window, you’ll find the selected name replaced by the one newly defined.

Final Output


By following the steps, you can easily edit the defined names in your Excel workbook. Hope this will help you! If you have any questions, suggestions or feedback please let us know in the comment section. Or you can have a glance at our other articles in the blog!

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