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How to create multiple names from selection in Excel?

Author: Xiaoyang Last Modified: 2020-07-24

If you have a range of data which contains multiple columns and rows, now, you need to create multiple range names based on these column and row labels. Normally, most of us may create the names one by one, but, if you are familiar with Excel, with its Create from Selection feature, you can create the names by the row and column headers at once.

Create multiple names from selection with Create from Selection feature

arrow blue right bubble Create multiple names from selection with Create from Selection feature

Supposing you have the following data range, and now you can create range names based on the left column labels and top row labels with following steps:


1. Select the data range from top left to bottom right that you want to create names, A1:G7 in this example.

2. And then click Formulas > Create from Selection, see screenshot:


3. And in the Create Names from Selection dialog box, check the labels you want to create names based on. In this example, the labels are in the top row and left column of the selected cells, see screenshot:


4. Then click OK button to close the dialog, and the names have been created at once. You can go to the Name Box (next to the formula bar) to check the names.


Note: If the labels contain spaces or other invalid characters, such as & or #, they will be replaced with an underline.

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I love the 'create names from selection command' but I cannot get around this limitation. When I create names it assigns the scope to the workbook and I cannot edit it afterwards. I had to get around this by creating a dummy sheet and creating the names there. Then I copy the cells to the sheet that I want it assigned to and create names there; now it assigns the scope to the worksheet I wanted. Then I go back to the name manager and delete the dummy names. I hope there is a better way. Someone else must have wanted to do this. Thanks.
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