Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Excel in Office 365. If you are using an earlier version (Excel 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Excel, click here: Picking Worksheets Quickly.

Picking Worksheets Quickly

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated September 22, 2018)

7

An Excel workbook can contain almost any number of worksheets, and the tabs for those worksheets are displayed at the bottom of the screen. Everyone knows that if the tabs can't all fit across the bottom of the screen, you can use the navigation buttons in the bottom-left screen corner to scroll through the worksheet tabs.

What you may not know is that Excel provides a cool way to pick a worksheet if you can't see its tab on the screen. (Hmmm; do I scroll left or right? How far do I need to go?) All you need to do is right-click on the navigation buttons. (The navigation buttons appear just to the left of the worksheet tabs.) Excel displays the names of all your worksheets. Just pick the one you want, and off you go—no need to worry about which way to scroll!

Note, as well, that if there are more than 16 worksheets in your workbook, the last entry in the list of worksheets will be "More Sheets...". Choose this option, and Excel displays a full-fledged dialog box that lists all your worksheets. Select the one you want, and you are good to go!

ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (3591) applies to Microsoft Excel 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Excel in Office 365. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Excel here: Picking Worksheets Quickly.

Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

MORE FROM ALLEN

Personal.xls File Not Opening

The Personal.xls workbook is used primarily to store macros that you want available through all of your workbooks. ...

Discover More

Understanding the Clipboard

You can use the Clipboard to move information around in Word. You actually have access to two different clipboards in ...

Discover More

Calculated Dates

Word makes it easy to insert today's date in a document, but not as easy to insert a date X number of days in the future. ...

Discover More

Program Successfully in Excel! John Walkenbach's name is synonymous with excellence in deciphering complex technical topics. With this comprehensive guide, "Mr. Spreadsheet" shows how to maximize your Excel experience using professional spreadsheet application development tips from his own personal bookshelf. Check out Excel 2013 Power Programming with VBA today!

More ExcelTips (ribbon)

Quickly Inserting a New Worksheet

Want a quick way to insert a worksheet? There's nothing faster than using the handy shortcut.

Discover More

Condensing Multiple Worksheets Into One

Want a quick way to combine your worksheets? This tip features a simple macro to do the task for you.

Discover More

Copying a Worksheet

Need to make a copy of one of your worksheets? Excel provides a few different ways you can accomplish the task.

Discover More
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in ExcelTips, a free productivity newsletter. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

View most recent newsletter.

Comments

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 6Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is 7 + 5?

2018-09-24 04:31:04

Alex B

@Dave only by macro. You will find one on this site here: https://excel.tips.net/T002216_Printing_a_Worksheet_List.html.
I have a slightly longer version that creates hyperlinks back to the worksheet at the same time.


2018-09-23 18:17:29

Dave Thompson

Thank you, I didn't know about this.

Is there a way to copy this list into a worksheet?

Thanks.


2018-09-23 07:42:50

Alex B

And what is hardly every referenced is that unlike most other drop down lists which only let you type 1 or 2 letters to navigate the list, this one will recognise quite a number of characters (I have managed up to 8 characters).
This is particularly useful for long lists of worksheets that are in no discernible order and you know what the sheet name starts with.


2018-09-23 05:43:04

Peter Atherton

I was told years ago to right-click objects to see what was available but clicking navigation buttons? Brilliant!


2018-09-22 17:14:22

Roy Hobbs

Wow. Right click on the navigation buttons to pick a worksheet! I been using Excel since I switched from Lotus in the early 90's. I didn't know that one. Thanks, Allen


2018-09-22 12:48:55

Clifton

Wow! That is one of the coolest simple tips I've seen in a long time! This after I spent a day making a navigation sheet in a large workbook, with links to all the sheets. This is an awesome thing to learn and I will use it regularly.
Thanks Allen!!


2018-09-22 05:27:49

Tony Collingwood

Nice tip!


This Site

Got a version of Excel that uses the ribbon interface (Excel 2007 or later)? This site is for you! If you use an earlier version of Excel, visit our ExcelTips site focusing on the menu interface.

Newest Tips
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in ExcelTips, a free productivity newsletter. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)

View the most recent newsletter.