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How to check if a certain range name exists in Excel?

Author: Siluvia Last Modified: 2020-12-10

Before running some VBA script, you may need to check if a named range exists in current workbook. The VBA code provided in this article can help you to quickly check if a certain range name exists in Excel.

Check if a certain range name exists with VBA code

Check if a certain range name exists with VBA code

You can run the below VBA code to quickly check if a certain range name exists in current workbook.

1. Press Alt + F11 keys simultaneously to open the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window.

2. In the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window, click Insert > Module. Then copy and paste the below VBA code into the window.

VBA code: check if a certain range exists in Excel

Sub CheckRanges()
    Dim chkRange As Range
    Dim areasName(2) As String
    Dim chkCnt As Long
    Dim i As Integer
    areasName(0) = "new"
    areasName(1) = "MyRange"
    areasName(2) = "Range2"
    Application.ScreenUpdating = False
    For i = 0 To 2
        On Error Resume Next
        chkCnt = Len(ThisWorkbook.Names(areasName(i)).Name)
        On Error GoTo 0
        If chkCnt <> 0 Then
            Set chkRange = Range(areasName(i))
            MsgBox "This Range: '" & areasName(i) & "' DOES exist!", vbInformation, "Kutools for Excel"
            chkCnt = 0
            MsgBox "This Range: '" & areasName(i) & "' does NOT exist!", vbInformation, "Kutools for Excel"
        End If
    Next i
    Application.ScreenUpdating = True
End Sub


1). In the code, "new", "MyRange" and "Range2" are the range names you need to check in current workbook.
2.) The number 2 in the code means that there are three range names you need to check. If you need to add more range names (the same as to delete) to the code, please change the number 2 to corresponding letter.

3. Press the F5 key to run the code. Then an Kutools for Excel dialog boxes pop up to tell you whether the specified range name exists or not, please click the OK buttons successively to close the dialog boxes. See screenshot:

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