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How to sort sheets by a cell value in Excel?

When we use an Excel file, we always sort the worksheets by alphabetical, numbers or tab colors, but have you ever tried to sort the sheet tabs by a specific cell value?

Supposing you have a workbook with dozens of worksheets, in each worksheet, cell A1 has a specific value, and now you need to sort all the worksheets within this workbook based on the value of cell A1 in each worksheet ascendingly. With this article, you will get the solution.

Sort all worksheets based on a cell value with VBA code

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arrow blue right bubble Sort all worksheets based on a cell value with VBA code

To sort all worksheets based on a cell value in Excel, there is no direct way for us, but the following VBA code may do you a favor.

1. Hold down the ALT + F11 keys, and it opens the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window.

2. Click Insert > Module, and paste the following code in the Module Window.

VBA code: Sort all sheets based on a cell value

Sub SortWksByCell()
'Update 20141127
Dim WorkRng As Range
Dim WorkAddress As String
On Error Resume Next
xTitleId = "KutoolsforExcel"
Set WorkRng = Application.Selection
Set WorkRng = Application.InputBox("Range (Single)", xTitleId, WorkRng.Address, Type:=8)
WorkAddress = WorkRng.Address
Application.ScreenUpdating = False
For i = 1 To Application.Worksheets.Count
    For j = i To Application.Worksheets.Count
        If VBA.UCase(Application.Worksheets(j).Range(WorkAddress)) < VBA.UCase(Application.Worksheets(i).Range(WorkAddress)) Then
            Application.Worksheets(j).Move Before:=Application.Worksheets(i)
        End If
Application.ScreenUpdating = True
End Sub

3. After pasting the code, then press F5 key to run this code, and a prompt box will pop out to remind you select a cell which you want to sort the sheets based on, see screenshot:


4. And now, you can see all the worksheets have been sorted according to the text value of cell A1 in every worksheet ascendingly.


1. If there are both numbers and text strings in your selected cells, the sheets contains numbers will be sorted before the text strings sheets.

2. If there is blank in one of the cell A1, the relative worksheet will be sorted in the front of all sheets.

Related articles:

How to sort worksheets in alphabetical / alphanumeric order in Excel?

How to sort worksheet tabs by color in Excel?

How to reverse the order of worksheet tabs?

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