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How to rename an opened or active workbook in Excel?

When you want to rename an opened workbook, you may need to close it firstly, and then rename it which it is a little complex. Here in this tutorial, I introduce some quick ways to rename an opened workbook without closing it.

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If you want to rename the active workbook without closing it, you can use the Save As command t to save it as a new workbook with a new name.

1. Click File or Office button, and choose Save As. See screenshot:

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2. And then in the Save As dialog, rename the workbook in the File name textbox, see screenshot:

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Tip: In Excel 2013/2016. Click Browse to go to the Save As dialog.

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3. Click Save, and the active workbook has been save as a new workbook with a new name.

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If you do not want to save the opened workbook as new workbook to rename it, you can use a handle add-in – Office Tab which can help you view and edit multiple opened workbooks in a single tabbed window.

After installing Office Tab, please do as below:

1. Go to the workbook you want to rename, and right click at the tab name to select Rename from the context menu. See screenshot:

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2. In the Office Tab dialog, type the new name into the textbook. See screenshot:

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3. Click OK, and the current workbook has been renamed with new name without closing. See screenshot:

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