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

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.

how to edit defined names in excel

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: Opening 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

Step 2: Selecting 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

Step 3: Editing the Defined Names and Getting the Final Result

  • 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

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

Final Output

Read More: How to Delete Defined Names in Excel

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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.

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Sabrina Ayon

Sabrina Ayon, a Computer Science and Engineering graduate from United International University, has been an integral part of the ExcelDemy project for two years. She authored 150+ articles, excelling in instructing through visually engaging Excel tutorials. With a passion for teaching, Sabrina conducted sessions on Excel VBA, sharing her knowledge and insights with others. Currently holding the position of Project Manager for the ExcelDemy Visual Development Project, she oversees various aspects of the project, ensuring its smooth operation... Read Full Bio

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