Create New Named Range

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This page provides a LibreOffice Basic macro procedure that creates a new named range referencing $Sheet1.$B$3:$D$6. It is an example drawn from Chapter 13 ("Calc as a Database") of the 7.0 Calc Guide.


In a macro, a named range is accessed, created, and deleted using the NamedRanges service of a Calc document. This service has a number of methods associated with it, the following of which are particularly useful for creating named ranges:

Returns the range or expression with the specified name.
Returns an array of all named ranges in the current document.
Returns a boolean: TRUE if a range with this name is in the current document, and FALSE otherwise.
addNewByName(Name, Content, Position, Type)
Adds a new named range to the current document. This method has four arguments:
  • Name – A string that contains the name of the new range.
  • Content – A string that contains the range address or formula expression being named.
  • Position – The base address for relative cell references.
  • Type – A combination of flags that specify the type of named range being defined. These flags are listed in the following table. This parameter defaults to zero for any common named range. constant group reference
Value Name Description
1 FILTER_CRITERIA The range contains filter criteria.
2 PRINT_AREA The range can be used as a print range.
4 COLUMN_HEADER The range can be used as column headers for printing.
8 ROW_HEADER The range can be used as row headers for printing.

As an example, the following code uses the above methods to check if a range named MyNRange exists. If it does not exist, then the macro creates a range with the name and sets it to access the cell range B3:D6.


Sub AddNamedRange()
  Dim oRange     ' The created range.
  Dim oRanges    ' All named ranges.
  Dim sName$     ' Name of the named range to be created.
  Dim oCell      ' Cell object.
  Dim s$

  sName$ = "MyNRange"
  oRanges = ThisComponent.NamedRanges
  If NOT oRanges.hasByName(sName$) Then
    REM Setting the base address for relative cell references
    Dim oCellAddress As new
    oCellAddress.Sheet = 0     'The first sheet.
    oCellAddress.Column = 1    'Column B.
    oCellAddress.Row = 2       'Row 3.

    REM The first argument is the range name.
    REM The second argument is a string that defines the formula
    REM or expression to be used.
    REM The third argument specifies the base address for
    REM relative cell references.
    REM The fourth argument is a set of flags that define
    REM how the range is used, but most ranges use 0.
    REM The fourth argument uses values from the
    REM NamedRangeFlag constants.
    s$ = "$Sheet1.$B$3:$D$6"
    oRanges.addNewByName(sName$, s$, oCellAddress, 0)
  End If
  REM Get the created named range.
  oRange = ThisComponent.NamedRanges.getByName(sName$)

  REM Print the string contained in cell $Sheet1.$B$3
  oCell = oRange.getReferredCells().getCellByPosition(0,0)
  Print oCell.getString()
End Sub

This Calc spreadsheet contains the above LibreOffice Basic code.