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: Telling which Worksheets are Selected.
by Allen Wyatt
(last updated February 4, 2017)
When writing a macro that does some type of processing on different worksheets, you may need to figure out which worksheets were selected by a user before the macro was run. The way you do this is to use the SelectedSheets property. (Well, it is technically a property, but it acts in many ways like a collection.) The following simple macro displays the names of each worksheet that is currently selected:
Sub ShowSheets() Dim aSheet As Variant For Each aSheet In ActiveWindow.SelectedSheets MsgBox aSheet.Name Next aSheet End Sub
Once you understand how to get the worksheet names, they can be put into an array or used in any other way deemed necessary.
ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (12142) 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: Telling which Worksheets are Selected.
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