We will achieve the #NAME error in any event where Excel cannot recognize something in our formula or function. The most common occurrence is when we have a misspelled function but there are many other causes.

We fix the #NAME error mainly by correcting spelling or syntax. In this tutorial, we will explore some popular #NAME error situations and how to fix them.

*Figure 1 – Name error in Excel*

**#NAME Error**** – Typo in the Entered Formula**

In order to avoid Typos in formula names, it is important that we use the Formula Wizard in Excel. Once we enter a formula name, the formula Wizards helps direct the steps by matching the formula name, range and values. To illustrate, we will use the Formula Wizard to find the SUM of a list of times.

- We will go to the
**Formula**Tab and click the**Insert Function**

*Figure 2 – Fixing the #name error in excel*

**We can either enter the description of the function, or select a category in the Insert Function window**

*Figure 3 – fixing the invalid name error in excel*

- When we scroll and find the function, Excel would automatically load the Wizard for us where we can insert each argument for our calculations.
- Each time we enter the argument, Excel will give the appropriate information for each one.

*Figure 4 – Using the Formula wizard to fix excel #name? error*

**#Name Error**** – Undefined Named Range**

When there is a typo in the defined name or the defined name syntax is incorrect, then we will see the #NAME error.

*Figure 5 – Excel #name error*

A good way of eradicating this error is by going to the **Formula Tab** and select **Define name**. Next, we will enter the name of the Range and Cell reference in the **New Name window.**

*Figure 6 – #name excel meaning*

Again, we will go to **Formulas **and select** Cost** from the drop-down list of the **Use in Formula** button.

*Figure 7 – #name error in excel *

When we define the name of the range, the name error will be removed

*Figure 8 – #Name error** fixed*

**Misspelled Function Name**

If we have incorrectly spelt the function name, we may also have the #NAME error. In this case, we incorrectly spelt the COUNTIF function.

*Figure 9 – Excel #name error*

If we correct the mistake, we will have this result

*Figure 10 – Fixed #Name error*

**Omitted Quotation or Colon marks**

In some cases, we may forget particular references with colons or insert the appropriate for range references, when such events occur, the formula will display the #NAME error. The solution is to go back and inspect the formula.

*Figure 11 – Invalid name error in excel*

When we have checked our formula, we will find the error. In this case, our cell reference was not entered correctly. If we correct it, we will have:

*Figure 12 – Fixed #name error*

**Special Add-ins not enabled**

Some functions and macros may require specific add-ins that has not been enabled by default in Excel. We should first find out if our function requires a special add-in. Next, we can enable the add-in by:

- Go to
**File**and select**Options** - Next, we will click
**Add-ins** - In the
**Manage List window**, we will click**Excel Add-ins**and select**Go** - Next, we will mark the relevant box and select
**OK.**

*Figure 13 – Using Excel Add-ins to fix name error.*