Dynamic Named Range in Excel

What do You Mean by Excel Dynamic Named Range?

Dynamic named range in excel are the ranges which change as the data in the range changes and so does the dashboard or charts or reports associated with them, that is why it is called dynamic and we can name the range from the name box so the name as dynamic name range, to make a table as dynamic named range, select the data and insert a table and then name the table.

How to Create Excel Dynamic Named Range? (Step by Step)

Below are steps to create excel dynamic named range –

  1. Create a list of months from Jan to Jun.


    Dynamic Range in Excel Example 3

  2. Go to the Define Name tab.


    Dynamic Range in Excel Example 3-1

  3. Click on that and give a name to it.


    Dynamic Range in Excel Example 3-2

  4. Create data validation for Month List.


    Dynamic Range in Excel Example 3-3

  5. Click on the data validationData ValidationData validation in Excel is used to limit a user's inputs to specified cells or input ranges by offering pre-defined inputs for selection to avoid multiple redundant data inputs.read more, and the below box will open.


    data validation (Any Value)

  6. Select the LIST from the drop-down.


    data validation (list)

  7. Select the list, and in Source, give you the name you defined for the month list.


    Data validation (Source)

  8. Now, the drop-down list has been created.


    Dynamic Range in Excel Example 3-7

  9. Now add the remaining 6 months to the list.


    Dynamic Range in Excel Example 3-8

  10. Now, go back and check the drop-down list you have created in the previous step. It is still showing only the first 6 months is. Whatever you have added later, it will not show.


    Dynamic Range in Excel Example 3-9

  11. Define a new name under the defined name section.


    Define name

  12. Give a name to your list and select the range.


    New Name Excel menu

  13. Now, under Refers to section, apply the formula as shown in the below image.


    New Name Excel menu

  14. Now, go back and check the drop-down list you have created in the previous step. Now it will show all the 12 months in the drop-down list. You can see anything in that column.


    Named Manager will dynamically update the dropdown list whenever the data expands.

Rules for Creating Dynamic Named Range in Excel

You need to keep in mind certain things while defining the names. Follow the below rules from Microsoft, which are pre-determined.

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