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How to rename worksheets based on cell values in Excel?

Author: Sun Last Modified: 2020-05-28

Renaming worksheets is usually applied in our Excel work, but have you ever tried to rename worksheets based on cell values? Of course, you can rename worksheets manually, but here this tutorial introduces some tricks can quickly rename multiple worksheets based on cell values which can save your working time.

Rename worksheets based on a specific cell with VBA

Rename worksheets based on a specific cell with Rename Multiple Worksheets good idea3

Rename worksheets based on a range of cell contents with Rename Multiple Worksheets good idea3


With below VBA, you can rename the relative worksheet based on a specific cell.

1. Select the cell you want to rename worksheet based on, in this case select Cell A1. See screenshot:

doc rename worksheet 1

2. Press Alt + F11 keys to open Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window.

3. Click Insert > Module, then paste below VBA code to the new Module window.

VBA: Rename worksheets based on a specific cell values.

Sub RenameSheet()
'UpdatebyKutools20191129
Dim xWs As Worksheet
Dim xRngAddress As String
Dim xName As String
Dim xSSh As Worksheet
Dim xInt As Integer
xRngAddress = Application.ActiveCell.Address
On Error Resume Next
Application.ScreenUpdating = False
For Each xWs In Application.ActiveWorkbook.Sheets
    xName = xWs.Range(xRngAddress).Value
    If xName <> "" Then
        xInt = 0
        Set xSSh = Nothing
        Set xSSh = Worksheets(xName)
        While Not (xSSh Is Nothing)
            Set xSSh = Nothing
            Set xSSh = Worksheets(xName & "(" & xInt & ")")
            xInt = xInt + 1
        Wend
        If xInt = 0 Then
            xWs.Name = xName
        Else
            If xWs.Name <> xName Then
                xWs.Name = xName & "(" & xInt & ")"
            End If
        End If
    End If
Next
Application.ScreenUpdating = True
End Sub

4. Press F5 key to run VBA code. Then all the worksheets have been renamed by each relative A1 cell values.

doc rename worksheet 2


If you have Kutools for Excel, you do not need to save the VBA code, you can use the Rename Multiple Worksheets feature to quickly rename all worksheet based on their relative cells.

Kutools for Excel, with more than 300 handy functions, makes your jobs more easier. 

After free installing Kutools for Excel, please do as below:

1. Enable the workbook you want to rename its worksheets’ names.

2. Click Kutools Plus > Worksheet > Rename Worksheets. See screenshot:

doc rename worksheet 11

3. Then in the popped out dialog, check the sheets you want to rename under Worksheets pane, and select one of the Rename Option you need, here I will replace the sheet name, then check Rename worksheets with specific cell, and select the cell you need to rename by. See screenshot:

doc rename worksheet 9

4. Click Ok. Now the sheets are renamed with specific cell contents.

doc rename worksheet 2

But in sometimes, what you need is to rename multiple worksheets based on a range of cell values as below screenshot shown, in this case, you can choose below method.

doc rename worksheet 3


With Rename Multiple Worksheets of Kutools for Excel, you also can rename the sheets based on a selected range.

After free installing Kutools for Excel, please do as below:

1. Click Kutools Plus > Worksheet > Rename Worksheets. See screenshot:

doc rename worksheet 11

2. In the Rename Multiple Worksheets dialog, you need to specify the settings as these:

(1) Select the worksheets you need to rename from Worksheets list;

(2) Check From specific range option, and select the cell values you need to rename based on;

(3) Specify the Rename Options, you can check Insert before original sheet name, Insert after original sheet name, or Replace original sheet name, and you can preview the corresponding result in the dialog.

doc rename worksheet 10

3. Click Ok, and then you can see all the worksheets you selected have been renamed based on the specified cell values.

Replace original sheet name

doc rename worksheet 6

Insert before original sheet name

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Insert after original sheet name

doc rename worksheet 8

With Rename Worksheets utility, you also can rename worksheets with a specific prefix or suffix. Click here to know more about Rename Multiple Worksheets.

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Every time I look for a VBA routine and find an article like this from you guys, I try the sample code and it NEVER works. It always goes into Debug on the first try. I am starting to believe you deliberately publish poorly written code to drive people to try and purchase your Add-in.
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Hi, Don, the VBA has updated twice, it may be works for most of conditions, but not for the all. 
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In the VBA code example, what changes would be made to select A2 as the cell value rather than A1?
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Hi, Henry, select A2 instead of A1, all sheets will renamed with the value of cell A2.
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'Updateby20150602
This code showing error..............Only works ActiveSheet & RunTime Error 1004 [Object_Worksheet faild]
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Hi, Biplab Das, maybe the original code cannot work at new versions (2013 or later), I have upadated a new code in the tutorial, you could try again.
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