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Hi Tom

Is it possible to run the following code automatically when the file opens?:

Sub TestHideNames()
Dim nName As Name
For Each nName In ActiveWorkbook.Names
  nName.Visible = False
Next nName
End Sub

Thank you in advance.

Chris Mitchell

Christopher Mitchell,

go into the Visual Basic Editor (VBE).  In the Project explorer on the left find your workbook/project.  Click on the ThisWorkbook entry under your Workbook/project. (expand entries if you don't see it).  Choose view code.

find the Workbook_Open event  or create it if it doesn't exist.  Then you should have

Private Sub Workbook_Open()
Dim nName As Name
For Each nName In ThisWorkbook.Names
  nName.Visible = False
Next nName
End Sub

Now go back to excel and save the workbook.  This will run each time the workbook is open as long as macros are enabled.  

Of course no program/coding solution works if macros are not enabled.  

Tom Ogilvy

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