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: Naming Tabs for Weeks.

Naming Tabs for Weeks

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated June 24, 2017)

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When you are starting a new workbook, one common scenario calls for creating a year's worth of worksheets, one for each week of the year. In other words, a workbook could end up containing 52 or 53 worksheets, depending on how many weeks there are in a particular year.

If you have a need to create such a workbook, you know that individually creating and naming all the worksheets can be a real hassle. This is where a macro would come in handy. The following macro will add the appropriate number of worksheets, and then rename all of the worksheets according to week number (01 through 52).

Sub YearWorkbook1()
    Dim iWeek As Integer
    Dim sht As Variant
    Application.ScreenUpdating = False
    Worksheets.Add After:=Worksheets(Worksheets.Count), _
      Count:=(52 - Worksheets.Count)
    iWeek = 1
    For Each sht In Worksheets
        sht.Name = "Week " & Format(iWeek, "00")
        iWeek = iWeek + 1
    Next sht
    Application.ScreenUpdating = True
End Sub

If you instead need a way to create worksheets that show the ending date of each week for a year, then a different macro is needed.

Sub YearWorkbook2()
    Dim iWeek As Integer
    Dim sht As Variant
    Dim sTemp As String
    Dim dSDate As Date

    sTemp = InputBox("Date for the first worksheet:", "End of Week?")
    dSDate = CDate(sTemp)
    
    Application.ScreenUpdating = False
    Worksheets.Add After:=Worksheets(Worksheets.Count), _
      Count:=(52 - Worksheets.Count)
    For Each sht In Worksheets
        sht.Name = Format(dSDate, "dd-mmm-yyyy")
        dSDate = dSDate + 7
    Next sht
    Application.ScreenUpdating = True
End Sub

This version of the macro asks you for a beginning date. It then uses that date to start naming the different worksheets in the workbook. If you enter a value that cannot be translated to a date, then the macro will generate an error.

Note:

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ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (12403) 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: Naming Tabs for Weeks.

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 eight more than 6?

2017-06-26 11:48:37

Neil

I just learned that in the same way that selecting multiple rows (or columns) and choosing "insert" will insert multiple blank rows or columns in your sheet, selecting multiple tabs (using Shift + click) and choosing insert will insert multiple blank worksheets. If you have a template sheet, you can then copy it and paste it into the blank sheets at one time (using Shift + click).


2017-06-26 11:34:16

Ferguson

This is great! Thank you. I used this macro, then used another to insert a Table of Contents with hyperlinks. Perfect!!


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