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Define Names

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Opens a dialog where you can specify a name for a selected area.

Use the mouse to define ranges or type the reference into the Define Name dialog fields.

Choose Insert - Names - Define


The Sheet Area box on the Formula bar contains a list of defined names for the ranges. Click a name from this box to highlight the corresponding reference on the spreadsheet. Names given formulas or parts of a formula are not listed here.


Enter the name of the area for which you want to define a reference. All area names already defined in the spreadsheet are listed in the text field below. If you click a name on the list, the corresponding reference in the document will be shown with a blue frame. If multiple cell ranges belong to the same area name, they are displayed with different colored frames.

Assigned to

The reference of the selected area name is shown here as an absolute value.

To insert a new area reference, place the cursor in this field and use your mouse to select the desired area in any sheet of your spreadsheet document.

Shrink / Maximize

Click the Shrink icon to reduce the dialog to the size of the input field. It is then easier to mark the required reference in the sheet. The icons then automatically convert to the Maximize icon. Click it to restore the dialog to its original size.

The dialog is automatically minimized when you click into a sheet with the mouse. As soon as you release the mouse button, the dialog is restored and the reference range defined with the mouse is highlighted in the document by a blue frame.



Allows you to specify the Area type (optional) for the reference.

Area type

Defines additional options related to the type of reference area.

Print range

Defines the area as a print range.


Defines the selected area to be used in an advanced filter.

Repeat column

Defines the area as a repeating column.

Repeat row

Defines the area as a repeating row.


Click the Add button to add the defined name to the list. Click the Modify button to enter another name for an already existing name selected from the list.


Deletes the selected element or elements after confirmation.