VBA Add Sheet and Name the Sheet

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Last updated on May 29, 2024

This tutorial will cover how to add/insert worksheets using VBA.

Add Worksheet

This simple macro will add a sheet before the ActiveSheet:

Sub Add ()
End Sub

After you insert a worksheet, the new worksheet becomes the ActiveSheet. You can then use the ActiveSheet object to work with the new sheet (at the end of this article, we will show you how to insert a new sheet directly into a variable).

ActiveSheet.Name = "NewSheet"

Add a sheet with a name

You can also define a worksheet name when creating the new sheet:

Sheets.Add.Name = "NewSheet"

Create new worksheet with name from a cell

Or use a cell value to name a new worksheet:

Sheets.Add.Name = range("a3").value

Add worksheet before / after another worksheet

You may also want to choose the location where the new sheet is inserted. You can use the After or Before properties to insert a worksheet in a specific location in your workbook.

Insert worksheet after another worksheet

This code will insert the new worksheet AFTER another worksheet:

Sheets.Add After:=Sheets("Input")

This will insert a new worksheet AFTER another worksheet and specify the name of the worksheet:

Sheets.Add(After:=Sheets("Input")).Name = "NewSheet"

Note the extra parenthesis needed in the second example (the first example will generate an error if the second parenthesis is added).

or Before:

Sheets.Add(Before:=Sheets("Input")).Name = "NewSheet"

In these examples, we explicitly name the worksheet used to determine the location of the worksheet. Often, you will want to use the index number of the worksheet instead, so you can insert the worksheet at the beginning or end of the workbook:

Add worksheet to end of workbook

To add a worksheet to the end of the workbook:

Sheets.Add After:=Sheets(Sheets.Count)

Add Sheet To Beginning of Workbook:

To add a sheet to the beginning of the workbook:

Sheets.Add(Before:=Sheets(1)).Name = "FirstSheet"

Add sheet to variable

This code assigns the new sheet to a variable as the sheet is created:

Dim ws As Worksheet
Set ws = Sheets.Add

From here, you can reference the new worksheet with the variable ‘ws’:

ws.name = "VarSheet"

More examples of adding a worksheet

Create sheet if it doesn’t exist yet

You might want to create a sheet only if it doesn’t already exist.

Creating worksheets from a list of names

The following routine will examine the contents of a single column and create Excel worksheets in the current workbook with those names. It makes a call to another function to check if a sheet with that name already exists and if it does, the sheet will not be created.

Private Sub CommandButton1_Click()

Call CreateWorksheets(Sheets("Sheet2").Range("A1:a10"))

End Sub

Sub CreateWorksheets(Names_Of_Sheets As Range)
Dim No_Of_Sheets_to_be_Added As Integer
Dim Sheet_Name As String
Dim i As Integer

No_Of_Sheets_to_be_Added = Names_Of_Sheets.Rows.Count

For i = 1 To No_Of_Sheets_to_be_Added

Sheet_Name = Names_Of_Sheets.Cells(i, 1).Value

'Only add sheet if it doesn't exist already and the name is longer than zero characters

If (Sheet_Exists(Sheet_Name) = False) And (Sheet_Name <> "") Then
    Worksheets.Add().Name = Sheet_Name
End If

Next i

End Sub
Function Sheet_Exists(WorkSheet_Name As String) As Boolean
Dim Work_sheet As Worksheet

Sheet_Exists = False

For Each Work_sheet In ThisWorkbook.Worksheets

    If Work_sheet.Name = WorkSheet_Name Then
        Sheet_Exists = True
    End If


End Function

So if we have the following text in cells A1:A30 in Sheet 2:

adding sheets

The following worksheets will be created:

adding sheets 2

Note that although “Dog” appears twice, only one worksheet is created.

To download the .XLS file for this tutorial, click here.

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