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How to reference tab name in cell in Excel?

For referencing the current sheet tab name in a cell in Excel, you can get it done with a formula or User Define Function. This tutorial will guide you through as follows.

Reference the current sheet tab name in cell with formula
Reference the current sheet tab name in cell with User Define Function
Easily reference the current sheet tab name in cell with Kutools for Excel


Reference the current sheet tab name in cell with formula

Please do as follow to reference the active sheet tab name in a specific cell in Excel.

1. Select a blank cell, copy and paste the formula =MID(CELL("filename",A1),FIND("]",CELL("filename",A1))+1,255) into the Formula Bar, and the press the Enter key. See screenshot:

Now the sheet tab name is referenced in the cell.

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Reference the current sheet tab name in cell with User Define Function

Besides the above method, you can reference the sheet tab name in a cell with User Define Function.

1. Press Alt + F11 to open the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window.

2. In the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window, click Insert > Module. See screenshot:

3. Copy and paste the below code into the Code window. And then press Alt + Q keys to close the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window.

VBA code: reference tab name

Function TabName()
  TabName = ActiveSheet.Name
End Function

4. Go to the cell which you want to reference the current sheet tab name, please enter =TabName() and then press the Enter key. Then the current sheet tab name will be display in the cell.


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1. Click Kutools Plus > Workbook > Insert Workbook Information. See screenshot:

2. In the Insert Workbook Information dialog box, select Worksheet name in the Information section, and in the Insert at section, select the Range option, and then select a blank cell for locating the sheet name, and finally click the OK button.

You can see the current sheet name is referenced into the selected cell. See screenshot:

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Thank you very much. :-)
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Thanks all!
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Using the VBA macro, if I change the tab name the value in the cell does not get updated. Am I doing something wrong?
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Dear John,
The formula can't update automatically. You need to refresh the formula manually after changing the tab name.
Sorry about that.
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Refresh all formulas using the replace tool. Highlight everything, Find "=" (no quotes), Replace with "=" (no quotes). Nothing actually changes but every formula is reloaded.
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Ctrl-Alt-Shift-F9 refreshes all formulas and calculates all cells, including cells not marked as needing to be calculated.
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Dear John,
for best example let me tell you one thing.
if you want to change your code will be like this.

Function John()
John = ActiveSheet.Name
End Function
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Function TabName()
'Need to make it volatile otherwise it is never recalculated unless we do Ctrl-Shift-F9
Application.Volatile
TabName = ActiveSheet.Name
End Function
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Of course nothing's ever simple with Microsoft products is it?
My solution actually breaks it, because it means everywhere you use the function it gets the name of the sheet where the last change was made, not the name of the sheet where the function is used.
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Hi, using the =MID(CELL("filename",A1),FIND("]",CELL("filename",A1))+1,255) formula in desktop excel works, but not in online excel.. can you explain why that is?it returns #value error in the cell.

is there a workaround for this? Thanks!
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You are a champ! Nothing like a fix that one can copy and paste and have it work. Thank you.
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FYI, you need to have more than one sheet in your workbook for this to work. Otherwise, the formula will display the filename but no sheet name.
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Good Day,
Thank you for your comment. I have tested the formula in a workbook that has only one sheet, but everything was running smoothly. The formula only displays the sheet name no matter how many worksheets existing in a workbook.
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Sorry, the comment line is wrong - should be Ctrl-Alt-Shift-F9
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Excellent, thanks! Per: Reference the current sheet tab name in cell with formula
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hello, i am having trouble referencing a sheet name into a cell with online excel
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Hi, I used the above suggestions but the first formula to reference the tab sheet name will not work on "excel" online. The second works, but the "Tabname" keeps showing the same tab name for all tabs on the workbook.
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Hi,
Sorry we didn't test in excel online. Can't help you with that yet. Thank you for your comment.
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What I really want is to name some tabs using with the names on some cells from another sheet (same document of course). How can I do that?
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If you're using Excel Online. I found a solution for this issue.

You need to use 2 cells to make it work. As long as you have a cell that has the reference of a tab in its name, you can use FORMULATEXT() to turn that cells formula into a string and then extract the name that way. I can't imagine a scenario where you will want to reference another sheet and you wont already have a cell referencing that sheet for information on it, but you can always just make a blank/hidden (however you want to do it) cell that is just referencing the other sheet to set this formula up. In the below example, it is referencing cell B1 and cell B1 just contains =Sheet2!A1 as a reference to the sheet I want to name. If you use a name for a sheet with a space in it (example: Sheet 1) it would show up as (='Sheet 1'A1). I used an IF function and an ISERROR function to search if the string contains a space or not and two MID functions to extract the name of the sheet from both scenarios. If you update the name of the referenced sheet, cell B1 will change its formula and subsequently change the string and output the correct name each time.

=IF(ISERROR(FIND(" ",FORMULATEXT(B1))),MID(FORMULATEXT(B1),2,FIND("!",FORMULATEXT(B1))-2),MID(FORMULATEXT(B1),3,FIND("!",FORMULATEXT(B1))-4))
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If you're using Excel Online. I found a solution for this issue.

You need to use 2 cells to make it work. As long as you have a cell that has the reference of a tab in its name, you can use FORMULATEXT() to turn that cells formula into a string and then extract the name that way. I can't imagine a scenario where you will want to reference another sheet and you wont already have a cell referencing that sheet for information on it, but you can always just make a blank/hidden (however you want to do it) cell that is just referencing the other sheet to set this formula up. In the below example, it is referencing cell B1 and cell B1 just contains =Sheet2!A1 as a reference to the sheet I want to name. If you use a name for a sheet with a space in it (example: Sheet 1) it would show up as (='Sheet 1'A1). I used an IF function and an ISERROR function to search if the string contains a space or not and two MID functions to extract the name of the sheet from both scenarios. If you update the name of the referenced sheet, cell B1 will change its formula and subsequently change the string and output the correct name each time.

=IF(ISERROR(FIND(" ",FORMULATEXT(B1))),MID(FORMULATEXT(B1),2,FIND("!",FORMULATEXT(B1))-2),MID(FORMULATEXT(B1),3,FIND("!",FORMULATEXT(B1))-4))
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The formula at the top won't work until you save the file to your hard drive.
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sorry your formulas and everything are incorrect on this page.
after direct copy/paste your THEORIES were WRONG
ZERO OUT OF TWO ATTEMPTS WORKED USING YOUR SUGGESTIONS
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Hi Julia,
What kind of erro did you get?
To be mentioned, the formula provided in the post can only be applied in English system environment Excel. If you have Excel in a different language than English, please convert the formula from English to the language you are currently using.
You can translate the formula in this page: https://de.excel-translator.de/translator/
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