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By default, Microsoft Excel names your tables “Table1”, “Table2”, and so on. If you’d prefer custom names, you can rename your tables in Excel. It’s easy, and it works similarly to assigning names to cell ranges.

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Supported Table Names in Microsoft Excel

Excel has certain rules for naming tables, and you must adhere to these while giving names to your tables:

  • Starting Character: Your table’s name must start with a character, an underscore (_), or a backslash (\). Also, you can’t use “C”, “c”, “R”, or “R” as your table name as these characters are designated for other purposes in Excel.
  • Cell Reference: You can’t use a cell reference as your table name.
  • Name Separator: You can’t separate multiple words in your table name with a space. To do that, use either an underscore or a dot.
  • Character Limit: Your table name must fit the 255 maximum character limit.
  • No Same Names: You can’t have two tables with the same name in your workbook. Also, Excel considers uppercase and lowercase table names the same, so you can’t use “MYTABLE” if you have used “mytable” in your workbook already.

When you rename your table and you miss one of the above points, Excel will alert you with an error message so you can fix the issue.

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How to Rename a Table in Microsoft Excel

To give a name to your table, first, open your spreadsheet with Microsoft Excel.

In your spreadsheet, click any cell of the table you want to rename.

Click a cell in a table in Excel.

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While your cell is selected, in Excel’s ribbon at the top, click the “Table Design” tab. If you are on a Mac, click “Table” instead.

Click the "Table Design" tab in Excel.

On the “Table Design” tab, in the “Properties” section, click the “Table Name” field. Then type a new name for your table and press Enter.

Click the "Table Name" field and type a name for the table.

Your table now uses your specified name, and this is the name you will use to refer to it from other cells in your spreadsheet.

And you’re all set.


Need to add or remove rows or columns from your Excel table? It’s equally easy to do that.

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