Working with worksheets is one of the most common actions when writing VBA code. The following is a reference guide to for finding the right syntax.
Referencing worksheets from the workbook
'Reference a worksheet in another workbook Workbooks("WorkbookName.xlsx").Worksheets("SheetName").[other properties/actions] 'Reference a worksheet in the same workbook as the VBA code ThisWorkbook.Worksheets("SheetName").[other properties/actions] 'Reference a worksheet in the active workbook ActiveWorkbook.Worksheets("SheetName").[other properties/actions]
To use any of the following examples you will need to include the workbook reference, otherwise Excel will assume you want to use the ActiveWorkbook.
Selecting worksheets by name
'Select a worksheet by name Worksheets("SheetName")
Select worksheets by position from left most worksheet
'Select worksheets by position from the left most worksheet Worksheets(1) 'the first worksheet Worksheets(2) 'the second worksheet
'Add a worksheet Worksheets.Add 'Add 4 worksheets Worksheets.Add Count:=4 'Add a worksheet infront of a worksheet Worksheets.Add Before:=Worksheets(3) 'Add a worksheet after a worksheet Worksheets.Add after:=Worksheets(3) 'Add a worksheet at the start Worksheets.Add Before:=Worksheets(1) 'Add a worksheet to the end Worksheets.Add after:=Worksheets(Worksheets.Count) 'Add a new worksheet and assign it to a variable Dim Ws As Worksheet Set Ws = Worksheets.Add 'Add a new worksheet and name it Dim Ws As Worksheet Set Ws = Worksheets.Add Ws.Name = "SheetName"
'Delete a worksheet Worksheets("SheetName").Delete 'Delete a worksheet without displaying an error message Application.DisplayAlerts = False Worksheets("SheetName").Delete Application.DisplayAlerts = True
Assign a worksheet to a variable
'Assign a worksheet to a variable Dim Ws as Worksheet Set Ws = Worksheets("SheetName")
Rename a worksheet
'Rename a worksheet Worksheets("OldSheetName").Name = "NewSheetName"
Set the visibility status of a worksheet.
'Visible Worksheets("SheetName").Visible = xlSheetVisible 'Hidden Worksheets("SheetName").Visible = xlSheetHidden 'Invisible Worksheets("SheetName").Visible = xlSheetVeryHidden
'Count worksheets Worksheets.Count
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'Copy worksheets Worksheets("SheetName").Copy 'Move a worksheet in front of another worksheet Worksheets("SheetName").Copy Before:=Worksheets("AnotherSheetName") 'Move a worksheet after another worksheet Worksheets("SheetName").Copy After:=Worksheets("AnotherSheetName") 'Copy multiple worksheets Worksheets(Array("SheetName", "SheetName2", "SheetName3")).Copy
Protect & Unprotect worksheets
'Protect a worksheet Worksheets("SheetName").Protect 'Protect a worksheet with a password Worksheets("SheetName").Protect "password" 'Unprotect a worksheet without a password Worksheets("SheetName").Unprotect 'Unprotect a worksheet without a password Worksheets("SheetName").Unprotect "password"
Using the Active worksheet
'Activate a worksheet Worksheets("SheetName").Activate 'Rename the activesheet ActiveSheet.Name = "SheetName"
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Do you need help adapting this to your needs?
I’m guessing the examples in this post didn’t exactly meet your situation. We all use Excel differently, so it’s impossible to write a post that will meet everybody’s needs. By taking the time to understand the techniques and principles in this post (and elsewhere on this site) you should be able to adapt it to your needs.
But, if you’re still struggling you should:
- Read other blogs, or watch YouTube videos on the same topic. You will benefit much more by discovering your own solutions.
- Ask the ‘Excel Ninja’ in your office. It’s amazing what things other people know.
- Ask a question in a forum like Mr Excel, or the Microsoft Answers Community. Remember, the people on these forums are generally giving their time for free. So take care to craft your question, make sure it’s clear and concise. List all the things you’ve tried, and provide screenshots, code segments and example workbooks.
- Use Excel Rescue, who are my consultancy partner. They help by providing solutions to smaller Excel problems.
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