Insert or delete a worksheet

Excel gives you three worksheets in a workbook, but you can add more worksheets (and other types of sheets, such as a chart sheet, macro sheet, or dialog sheet), rename them, or delete them as needed.

The name (or title) of a worksheet appears on its sheet tab at the bottom of the screen. By default, the name is Sheet1, Sheet2, and so on, but you can give any worksheet a more appropriate name.

Insert a new worksheet

To insert a new worksheet, do one of the following:

  • Click the New sheet button at the bottom of the screen.

    Click the New Sheet button

  • To insert a new worksheet in front of an existing worksheet, select the existing worksheet and then, click Home > Insert, > Insert Sheet.

    Click Insert Sheet under Insert on the Home tab

To change the order of the worksheets in a workbook, click the tab of the worksheet that you want to move, and then drag it to the location that you want.

What else do you want to do?

Insert multiple worksheets at the same time

Change the default number of worksheets in a new workbook

Rename a worksheet

Delete one or more worksheets

Insert multiple worksheets at the same time

  1. Press Shift and select the same number of existing sheet tabs of the worksheets that you want to insert in the open workbook. For example, to add three worksheets, select three existing sheet tabs.

  2. Click Home > Insert > Insert Sheet.

    Click Insert Sheet under Insert on the Home tab

To change the order of the worksheets in a workbook, click the tab of the worksheet that you want to move, and then drag it to the location that you want.

Change the default number of worksheets in a new workbook

  1. Click the File tab.

  2. Click Options.

  3. In the General category, under When creating new workbooks, in the Include this many sheets box, enter the number of sheets that you want to include by default when you create a new workbook.

Rename a worksheet

  1. On the Sheet tab bar, right-click the sheet tab that you want to rename, and then click Rename.

    Right-click the sheet tab, and then click Rename

  2. Select the current name, and then type the new name.

Delete one or more worksheets

  1. Select the worksheet or worksheets that you want to delete.

  2. Click Home, click the arrow below Delete, and then click Delete Sheet.

    Click the arrow under Delete and then click Delete Sheet

You can also right-click the sheet tab of a worksheet or a sheet tab of any selected worksheets that you want to delete, and then click Delete Sheet.

Tips: 

  • Sheet tabs appear automatically. If you don't see them, click File > Options > Advanced > Show sheet tabs.

  • When you select multiple worksheets, [Group] appears in the title bar at the top of the worksheet. To cancel a selection of multiple worksheets in a workbook, click any unselected worksheet. If no unselected sheet is visible, right-click the tab of a selected sheet, and then click Ungroup Sheets on the shortcut menu.

  • You can include the name of the sheet when you print the worksheet.

    1. Click Insert > Header & Footer.

    2. In the Page Layout View, click the location where you want the sheet name to appear.

    3. In the Header & Footer elements group, click Sheet Name Button image .

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