Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. If you are using a later version (Excel 2007 or later), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for later versions of Excel, click here: Changing the Reference in a Named Range.
by Allen Wyatt
(last updated August 17, 2018)
Using named ranges can be very handy when you are working with formulas or when you just want to keep track of what certain cells in a worksheet are used for. At some point, however, you may want to change the cells referred to by an existing named range. For instance, if a named range called MyRange refers to cells A1:A5, you may want to have it refer to cells C7:C19 instead.
There are two ways you can accomplish this task. First, you could follow these steps:
The second way you can redefine the named range is to follow these steps:
That's it; MyRange now refers to cells C7:C19 instead of A1:A5.
ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (8234) applies to Microsoft Excel 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. You can find a version of this tip for the ribbon interface of Excel (Excel 2007 and later) here: Changing the Reference in a Named Range.
Create Custom Apps with VBA! Discover how to extend the capabilities of Office 2013 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Access) with VBA programming, using it for writing macros, automating Office applications, and creating custom applications. Check out Mastering VBA for Office 2013 today!
Remember your number line from your early years in school? Some numbers can be below zero (negative numbers) and others ...Discover More
Excel makes it easy to concatenate (or combine) different values into a single cell. If you need to combine a different ...Discover More
If you have a bunch of ZIP Codes or part numbers in a list, you may want to "condense" the list so that sequential series ...Discover More
Got a version of Excel that uses the menu interface (Excel 97, Excel 2000, Excel 2002, or Excel 2003)? This site is for you! If you use a later version of Excel, visit our ExcelTips site focusing on the ribbon interface.