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How to quickly delete all named ranges in Excel?

Assuming you have created lots of named ranges in your workbook, but now, you needn’t theses named ranges any more, how could you remove all of the named ranges at once in Excel?

Delete all named ranges by going to the Name Manager

Delete all named ranges with VBA code

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arrow blue right bubbleDelete all named ranges by going to the Name Manager

In the Name Manager dialog box, you can create, edit and delete the named ranges as you want. Please do as this:

1. Go to the Name Manager by clicking Formula > Name Manager, see screenshot:

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2. In the Name Manager dialog, press Shift key to select all the named ranges or hold the Ctrl key to select the ones that you don't need, see screenshot:

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3. And then click Delete button at the top of the dialog, and a prompt box will appear to remind you if you are sure to delete the names.

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4. Then click OK, all the named ranges have been deleted at once.

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arrow blue right bubbleDelete all named ranges with VBA code

The following short VBA code also can help you to remove all the named ranges in the workbook.

1. Hold down the ALT + F11 keys, and it opens the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window.

2. Click Insert > Module, and paste the following code in the Module Window.

VBA code: Delete all named ranges in Excel

Sub DeleteNames()
'Update 20140314
Dim xName As Name
For Each xName In Application.ActiveWorkbook.Names
    xName.Delete
Next
End Sub

3. Then press F5 key to run this code, all names in the workbook will be removed immediately.


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    Ron S · 5 months ago
    How about something a little more specific.

    First Identify all unused named ranges, for review.

    Second, macro to delete all unused named ranges.
  • To post as a guest, your comment is unpublished.
    Brendan · 6 months ago
    When I try to run the above VBA Code, I get the following error:

    Run-time error '1004'
    The syntax of this name isn't correct.

    Verify that the name:
    - Starts with a letter or underscore
    - Doesn't include a space or character that isn't allowed
    - Doesn't conflict with an existing name in the workbook