Name your ranges and formulas in 4D View Pro

4D v17 R4 is on the way with a cool new 4D View Pro feature: named ranges and formulas. If you need to use formulas with references to cell(s) or constant(s), this feature can be a great help!

With these new commands, your formulas are more readable and easily accessible with 4D View Pro’s automatic completion.

You can now create two types of names by programming: one referring to a range of cells, and another referring to a formula.

named ranges

A named range is a human-readable label for a range of cell(s). You can easily apply a readable name with code to the cells you’re interested in with VP ADD RANGE NAME.

For example, in this document:

You can create a named range for each “sales” cell:

// name the B2 cell as Pears_Sales
VP ADD RANGE NAME (VP Cell ("ViewProArea";1;1);"Sales_Pears")
// name the B3 cell as Oranges_Sales
VP ADD RANGE NAME (VP Cell ("ViewProArea";1;2);"Sales_Oranges")
// name the B4 cell as Cherries_Sales
VP ADD RANGE NAME (VP Cell ("ViewProArea";1;3);"Sales_Cherries")
// name the B5 cell as Grapes_Sales
VP ADD RANGE NAME (VP Cell ("ViewProArea";1;4);"Sales_Grapes")

Then, you can use the named ranges in your formulas via automatic completion. They will appear automatically when you type the first letter of the name:


named formulas

You can use VP ADD FORMULA NAME to replace calculations with readable names in your spreadsheets:

// Create a Sales total
VP ADD FORMULA NAME("ViewProArea";"SUM($B$2:$B$5)";"Sales_Total")


The same VP ADD FORMULA NAME command can be used to create a constant and make the calculations in your spreadsheet easier:

// Create a constant
VP ADD FORMULA NAME("ViewProArea";"=1.1";"Tax")

The spreadsheet shows a simple, readable formula:


and more

As we mentioned earlier, these names can be quite useful and as a bonus, you can directly use these names in your code with the VP Name command:

VP SET NUM VALUE(VP Name("ViewProArea";"Sales_Grapes");285;"$#,###.00")

The two new commands allow you to manage your existing names:

  • With the VP Get formula by name command, verify if a name already exists and get the formula assigned to it.
  • With VP Get names command, get a list of all names created for a given scope.



Fabrice Mainguené
• Product Owner •Fabrice Mainguené joined 4D Program team in November, 2016. As a Product Owner, he is in charge of writing the user stories then translating it to functional specifications. His role is also to make sure that the feature implementation delivered is meeting the customer need.After obtaining a Bachelor degree in Computer Science at CNAM, Fabrice joined a small software publishing company as a Windev developer. Then he worked for different companies in industry and trade areas as a Windev and web developer as well as technical advisor on new features.