Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 2007, 2010, and 2013. 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: Jumping to a Specific Worksheet.

Jumping to a Specific Worksheet

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated August 24, 2013)

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If you have a huge number of worksheets in a workbook, you may be looking for a way to jump to a specific sheet rather easily. There are a number of ways you can approach this task, and their applicability to your situation depends on how many worksheets you actually have in the workbook.

One option that works well if you have a limited number of worksheets (say, 30-40 sheets or less) is to right-click the sheet navigation buttons at the left of the sheet tabs. Doing so will pull up a list of worksheet names, and you can select which one you want to jump to. If there are more worksheets than can comfortably fit in the list, then one of the options is "More Sheets." Select that option, and you end up with a dialog box that lists all the worksheets and you can make your selection.

Another option that many people employ is to create a "table of contents" for your workbook. In the first worksheet, enter a bunch of hyperlinks that jump to the various worksheets in your workbook. That way you can display the TOC, click a link, and you are on your way.

If you know the name of the worksheet you want to jump to, you can also use the Go To capabilities of Excel. Follow these steps:

  1. Press F5. Excel displays the Go To dialog box.
  2. In the Reference box, enter Sheet83!A1. (Replace "Sheet83" with the name of the worksheet you want to jump to.)
  3. Click OK.

Another option is to create a macro to prompt for either the name or number of the worksheet you want to display. The following macro could be assigned to a shortcut key, and then you can use it to jump to whatever sheet is desired.

Sub GotoSheet()
    Dim sSheet As String

    sSheet = InputBox( _
      Prompt:="Sheet name or number?", _
      Title:="Input Sheet")
    On Error Resume Next
    If Val(sSheet) > 0 Then
        Worksheets(Val(sSheet)).Activate
    Else
        Worksheets(sSheet).Activate
    End If
End Sub

ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (7094) applies to Microsoft Excel 2007, 2010, and 2013. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Excel here: Jumping to a Specific Worksheet.

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. ...

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What is five less than 5?

2015-05-27 06:28:48

Dave K

To Hanif Khan:

With some help from other Excel users, I put together a short macro which I find useful.

It creates a new sheet called "HLIndex" in the active workbook. Then in Column A, it creates a hyperlink to each sheet (apart from this new sheet). All you need to do to move to another sheet is click on the hyperlink. If the sheet HLIndex already exists when you run the macro, it will delete it, to leave your workbook nice and tidy!

Note that for this to work properly, it must be stored in your PERSONAL.XLSB workbook.

I added a button to the Quick Access Toolbar which runs the macro. Here is the macro code that I use. I hope you find it useful.

Sub SheetHyperLinks()
' macro to list all sheets in a workbook and create a hyperlink to each one
' the list of hyperlinks is created on a new sheet
' the macro can also be used to delete an existing sheet of hyperlinks

Dim ndx As Worksheet
Dim x As Integer

For x = 1 To Worksheets.Count ' if sheet exists, then delete it and exit
If Worksheets(x).Name = "HLIndex" Then ' HyperLinkIndex
Application.DisplayAlerts = False
Worksheets("HLIndex").Delete
Application.DisplayAlerts = True
Exit Sub
End If
Next x

Set ndx = Sheets.Add(before:=Sheets(1)) ' sheet didn't exist so prepare one
ndx.Name = "HLIndex"
ndx.Cells(1) = "Worksheets"
ActiveWindow.Zoom = 100

For x = 2 To Worksheets.Count ' prepare list of hyperlinks
ndx.Hyperlinks.Add _
Anchor:=ndx.Cells(x, 1), Address:="", _
SubAddress:="'" & Worksheets(x).Name & "'!A1", _
TextToDisplay:=Worksheets(x).Name
Cells(x, 1).Font.Name = "Arial"
Cells(x, 1).Font.Size = 10
Next x
Columns("A:A").AutoFit
End Sub


2015-05-27 03:52:31

hanif khan

kindly guide me that how to switch specific sheets like i am working sheet#5 want to switch suddenly at sheet#50 how it can i do please guide me


2013-08-27 18:32:39

Bruno V

Wow, thanks for your tip CEM. Like Nora and Dave I use Ctrl+PgUp and Ctrl+PgDn a lot. I also have Kutools which allows you to make an index worksheet with hyperlinks to your sheets. But the "right-click on the bottom left arrow, then the list of worksheets appear" is fabulous because you not need to go any other sheet at all. Just point and shoot. Great!


2013-08-26 11:26:00

CEM

Another way is : right-click on the bottom left arrow, then the list of worksheets appear


2013-08-26 08:43:06

Gerald Diamond

I have a large spreadsheet that does a number of different things. I created an index on the first page with corresponding hyperlinks to each of the pages. On each page I put another hyperlink that took me back to the index.

No (mis)typing, no remembering, needed.


2013-08-26 04:51:03

Dave K

I use Ctrl+PgUp and Ctrl+PgDn all the time. For larger workbooks with many sheets, I use the tip from ExcelTips 8449. I stored this in my PERSONAL.XLS workbook, so it works with any open and active workbook.


2013-08-25 10:38:31

MDC

Several months ago, I remember reading a similar tip about making one sheet a Table of Contents, and it changed my work flow dramatically. I have a workbook I use strictly as a reference tool, but with many sheets of different information, it was getting cumbersome to navigate. Now I just hit the arrow to get to the first worksheet (my TOC), and click a hyper link from there.


2013-08-24 17:20:59

Nora Abbott

While not useful when the goal is many sheets away, it's handy to know that [CTRL][PageUp] and [CTRL][PageDown] navigate to previous and next pages without resorting to the mouse.


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