Worksheets in Excel

A worksheet is a collection of cells where you keep and manipulate the data. By default, each Excel workbook contains three worksheets.

Select a Worksheet

When you open Excel, Excel automatically selects Sheet1 for you. The name of the worksheet appears on its sheet tab at the bottom of the document window.

Sheet1

To select one of the other two worksheets, simply click on the sheet tab of Sheet2 or Sheet3.

Rename a Worksheet

By default, the worksheets are named Sheet1, Sheet2 and Sheet3. To give a worksheet a more specific name, execute the following steps.

1. Right click on the sheet tab of Sheet1.

2. Choose Rename.

Rename a Worksheet

3. For example, type Sales 2010.

Specific Name

Insert a Worksheet

You can insert as many worksheets as you want. To quickly insert a new worksheet, click the Insert Worksheet tab at the bottom of the document window.

Insert a Worksheet

Result:

Added Sheet

Move a Worksheet

To move a worksheet, click on the sheet tab of the worksheet you want to move and drag it into the new position.

1. For example, click on the sheet tab of Sheet4 and drag it before Sheet2.

Move a Worksheet

Result:

Different Order

Delete a Worksheet

To delete a worksheet, right click on a sheet tab and choose Delete.

1. For example, delete Sheet4, Sheet2 and Sheet3.

Delete a Worksheet

Result:

One Worksheet left

Copy a Worksheet

Imagine, you have got the sales for 2010 ready and want to create the exact same sheet for 2011, but with different data. You can recreate the worksheet, but this is time-consuming. It’s a lot easier to copy the entire worksheet and only change the numbers.

1. Right click on the sheet tab of Sales 2010.

2. Choose Move or Copy…

Copy a Worksheet

The ‘Move or Copy’ dialog box appears.

3. Select (move to end) and check Create a copy.

Dialog Box

4. Click OK.

Result:

Copied Worksheet

Note: you can even copy a worksheet to another Excel workbook by selecting the specific workbook from the drop-down list (see the dialog box shown earlier).