How to Edit Defined Names in Excel ( with Easy Steps)

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In Microsoft Excel, a defined name is a name that can be a single cell, range of cells, constant value, or formula. In this article, we will walk you through three easy steps to demonstrate how to edit defined names in Excel. Here’s an overview of editing defined names in Excel.

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Step-by-Step Procedures 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.

Overview of Dataset

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. Therefore, we will use this tremendous tool to edit a defined name for a range.

  • First of all, go to the Formulas tab.
  • Then, click on Name Manager from the Defined Names group.
  • As a result, the Name Manager window will open up.

Open Name Manager

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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.

Edit Name in Name Manager

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Step 3: Edit the Defined Names

  • First, click on the Edit button.
  • As a result, a pop-up window will appear.

how to edit defined names in excel

  • Then, Edit the defined name.

Edit Defined Name in Name Manager

  • After that, click on the OK button.
  • Hence, the defined name will be changed.

Edit Defined Name in Name Manager

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Final Output

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

Final Output


By following the steps, now you know how to edit the defined names in Excel. Hope this will help you! Please let us know in the comment section if you have any questions, suggestions, or feedback. Or you can have a glance at our other articles in the ExcelDemy blog!

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