Thursday, January 8, 2015

The name already exists dialog in Microsoft Excel

I was recently tasked with manually consolidating data from several Excel spreadsheets into a single Excel spreadsheet.

Of course, as you can guess, this meant manually COPYING over table data from other spreadsheets into a single new Excel spreadsheet.

However, as I started wading through more and more of the Excel spreadsheets, I started getting a strange Excel dialog stating something similar to the following:

The name 'XXXX', already exists. Click Yes to use that version of the name, or click No to rename the version of 'XXXX' you're moving or copying.

I could not figure out why this issue suddenly started occurring when it had not been occurring before.  Fortunately, a quick Google search indicated that I would have to Delete all of the existing named entries using Name Manager (Ctrl + F3)

NOTE: If you are copying from multiple Excel spreadsheets, you may have to repeat this operation over and over (like I did).  

In any case, once I did that, I could once again resume copying and pasting information from the other Excel spreadsheets without the annoying dialog boxes!!

1 comment:

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