Select one or multiple worksheets

By clicking the tabs of sheets at the bottom of the Excel window, you can quickly select one or more other sheets. To enter or edit data on several worksheets at the same time, you can group worksheets by selecting multiple sheets. You can also format or print a selection of sheets at the same time.

To select

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A single sheet

Click the tab of the sheet you want to edit.

Active sheet tab

If you don't see the tab that you want, click the scrolling buttons to locate the tab.

Two or more adjacent sheets

Click the tab for the first sheet, then hold down SHIFT while you click the tab for the last sheet that you want to select.


Two or more nonadjacent sheets

Click the tab for the first sheet, then hold down CTRL while you click the tabs of the other sheets that you want to select.

All sheets in a workbook

Right-click a sheet tab, and then click Select All Sheets on the shortcut menu.

TIP:    After choosing multiple sheets, [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.


  • Data that you enter or edit in the active sheet will appear in all selected sheets. These changes might replace data on the active sheet and—perhaps unintentionally—on other selected sheets.

  • Data that you copy or cut in grouped sheets cannot be pasted onto another sheet, because the size of the copy area includes all layers of the selected sheets (which is different from the paste area in a single sheet). It's important to ensure that only one sheet is selected before you copy or move data to another worksheet.

  • When you save a workbook that contains grouped sheets and then close the workbook, the sheets that you selected remain grouped when you reopen that workbook.

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