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How to Create Range Names from Selection in Excel

This tutorial will demonstrate how to use Excel’s Create from Selection feature to create multiple named ranges at once.

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If our data is arranged in such a fashion that either a row or a column, or both the row and column, have a heading, then we can use this heading to create a range name from a selected range.

Create Range Names From a Selection

1. Highlight the data that contains the headings and the values that we wish to create range names for.

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2. In the Ribbon, select Formulas >Defined Names > Create from Selection.

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3. Excel will recognize the row and column headers and automatically select Top row and Left Column as the Range Names.

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4. Click OK to create the range names.

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Note that the spaces in the row headers have been replaced with an underscore (_); spaces are not allowed in range names. Should you header contain any other invalid characters – like # or % – these too would be replaced with an underscore character.