Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016. 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: Moving from Sheet to Sheet with the Keyboard.

Moving and Selecting Sheets with the Keyboard

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated July 3, 2018)

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If you want to quickly move from one worksheet to another using the keyboard, you can do so by using Ctrl+PgUp and Ctrl+PgDown. You use Ctrl+PgUp to move toward the first worksheet in the workbook, and Ctrl+PgDown to move toward the last. When you reach the first or last worksheet, Excel does not wrap to the opposite end of the workbook if you continue to press the same shortcut key.

To select multiple sheets using the keyboard, simply hold down the Shift key as you use the above shortcuts. For instance, Shift+Ctrl+PgUp will extend the selected worksheets to include the previous one. Likewise, Shift+Ctrl+PgDown extends the selection to include the next worksheet.

ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (9266) applies to Microsoft Excel 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Excel here: Moving from Sheet to Sheet with the Keyboard.

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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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2017-08-18 09:49:39

Rusty

Agreed, I was hopeful this tip was actually about moving /reorganizing the sheets. Nonetheless, on this topic, one should be careful when selecting multiple sheets. If you have more than one sheet selected at a time, any edits you make in the active sheet will also occur in the same cell location(s) in all of the other selected sheets. This can be helpful if it is your intention, but can also cause a big mess if it's not!


2015-10-12 14:42:20

Cinderella Girl

I want to know how to move sheets and reorganize them too. I'm blind and cannot figure out how to do this using only the keyboard.


2013-12-09 11:07:35

Bryan

I thought you were going to show me how to move sheets with the keyboard, but alas, the word you are looking for is "activating" (or if you don't want to use the real term, "moving between" would also work).


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