Deleting a Named Range

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated February 6, 2014)

Named ranges can be a powerful tool that aids in the quick (and understandable) development of formulas in a spreadsheet. However, as a spreadsheet changes, you may no longer have need for a named range that you previously defined. If you want to get rid of a named range, follow these steps:

  1. Choose Data | Named and Protected Ranges. Sheets shows the Named and Protected Ranges pane at the right side of the screen.
  2. Hover the mouse pointer over the named range you want to delete. A small pencil icon appears at the right of the range name. (See Figure 1.)
  3. Figure 1. Choosing to edit a named range.

  4. Click the pencil icon. Sheets expands the information about the range. (See Figure 2.)
  5. Figure 2. Changing information about a named range.

  6. Click the Delete Range tool (it looks like a trash can). Sheets asks you to verify that you want to delete the range.
  7. Click Remove. The named range is deleted.

Remember that deleting a named range doesn't actually delete any data in your spreadsheet. All it does is to get rid of the name you previously created. If you have any formulas in your spreadsheet that use the name you just deleted, those formulas will need to be edited so they are correct.

Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

MORE FROM ALLEN

Understanding Background Saving

Word has the capability to save your work, in the background, while you continue to edit your documents. This tip explains ...

Discover More

Controlling Display of the Scroll Bars

The scroll bars can be very handy in navigating your worksheet, but did you know you can turn them off or on at will? Here's ...

Discover More

An Easy to Use Hedge Trimmer

We have hedges and bushes outside our home, and the proper maintenance of those plants is essential to the "curb appeal" we ...

Discover More
More DriveTips

Adding Borders

Adding borders to a cell (or range of cells) is a common way to draw attention to the cell contents. Sheets provides a ...

Discover More

Creating a Conditional Format

Conditional formatting is a powerful tool you can use to dynamically adjust the formatting in your worksheet. This tip gives ...

Discover More

Deleting a Comment from a Cell

If you no longer have a need for a particular comment in a cell, you'll want to get rid of it. Here are a couple of ways you ...

Discover More
Comments

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 8Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is 5 + 0?

There are currently no comments for this tip. (Be the first to leave your comment—just use the simple form above!)