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.NET Framework 4.5.2+

DefinedName.Name Property

Gets or sets the name of a cell, cell range, formula or constant.

Namespace: DevExpress.Spreadsheet

Assembly: DevExpress.Spreadsheet.v21.2.Core.dll


string Name { get; set; }

Property Value

Type Description

A String value that specifies a name by which a cell, cell range, formula or constant can be referred.


Use the Name property to give a cell, range of cells, formula or constant a name that explains its purpose and makes the use easier. For example, using the Sales name to refer to a cell range can be more understandable than using a cell reference, such as Sheet1!F1:F15. For more information, refer to the Defined Names document.

When setting the Name property value, take into account special syntax rules for names.

  • Start a name with a letter, the “_” underscore symbol or the “" backslash. The remaining characters in a name can be letters, numbers, periods and underscore symbols.

    Note that a name cannot consist of only one of the following letters: “C”, “c”, “R”, or “r”.

  • A name cannot be the same as a cell reference (for example, “A1”, “$M$15”, etc.).
  • A name cannot contain spaces (use underscore symbols and periods instead).
  • A name cannot be an empty string.
  • A name length cannot exceed 25 characters.
  • Uppercase and lowercase letters are interpreted identically. For example, you are not allowed to create the names Products and PRODUCTS in one scope.

When you name a cell or cell range via the CellRange.Name property, the corresponding DefinedName object is automatically added to the Worksheet.DefinedNames collection of a worksheet that contains this cell or range of cells. This object’s Name property is set to the specified value of the CellRange.Name property.

When you add a new defined name to a worksheet’s or workbook’s collection of defined names by calling the DefinedNameCollection.Add method, this method’s first parameter sets the Name property of the created DefinedName object.


This example demonstrates how to create a named range of cells in a worksheet. You can do this in one of the following ways.


When specifying a name for a cell or range of cells, follow the rules listed in the Defined Names document.

using DevExpress.Spreadsheet;
// ...

IWorkbook workbook = spreadsheetControl1.Document;
Worksheet worksheet = workbook.Worksheets[0];

// Create a range.
CellRange rangeA2A4 = worksheet.Range["A2:A4"];
// Specify the name for the created range.
rangeA2A4.Name = "rangeA2A4";

// Create a new defined name with the specifed range name and absolute reference.
DefinedName definedName = worksheet.DefinedNames.Add("rangeC2D3", "Sheet1!$C$2:$D$3");
// Create a range using the specified defined name.
CellRange rangeC2D3 = worksheet.Range[definedName.Name];

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