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Name object

Represents a defined name for a range of cells. Names can be either built-in names—such as Database, Print_Area, and Auto_Open—or custom names.


Application, Workbook, and Worksheet objects

The Name object is a member of the Names collection for the Application, Workbook, and Worksheet objects. Use Names (index), where index is the name index number or defined name, to return a single Name object.

The index number indicates the position of the name within the collection. Names are placed in alphabetic order, from a to z, and are not case-sensitive.

Range objects

Although a Range object can have more than one name, there's no Names collection for the Range object. Use Name with a Range object to return the first name from the list of names (sorted alphabetically) assigned to the range.


The following example displays the cell reference for the first name in the application collection.

MsgBox Names(1).RefersTo

The following example deletes the name "mySortRange" from the active workbook.


Use the Name property to return or set the text of the name itself. The following example changes the name of the first Name object in the active workbook.

Names(1).Name = "stock_values"

The following example sets the Visible property for the first name assigned to cells A1:B1 on worksheet one.

Worksheets(1).Range("a1:b1").Name.Visible = False

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