How to quickly change order of tabs to your need in Excel?

In sometimes, you may prefer to change the order of worksheets to work and edit them conveniently as below screenshot shown. In this article, it will introduce some quick ways to change the order of tabs in a workbook.

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Change order of tabs by dragging

Change order of tabs by Navigation

Change order of tabs by Sort Sheets function


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In Excel, you can drag the tab name to a specific position to your need in the Status bar.

Click at the sheet name whose order you want to change, and then keep the sheet is clicked, and drag it to the new position you want to put, and then relax the mouse.

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Then repeat above operation to change other tabs’ orders.


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If there are multiple sheets in a workbook, and some sheet names will be hidden in the Status bar, which may be inconvenient to reset the order of sheets by dragging them in Status bar. However, with Kutools for Excel’s Navigation pane, all the tab names will be listing in a pane, and you can quickly drag the sheet name to the position you need.

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. Click Kutools > Navigation to enable the Navigation pane, click Workbook & Sheet button to go to Workbook & Sheet view. See screenshot:

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Then you can see all the sheet names are listing in the pane. See screenshot:

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2. Then you can click at the sheet name whose order you want to change, and then drag it up or down to the right position to your need. See screenshot:

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And you can repeat the step 2 to reset other sheets’ orders.


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If there are hundreds of tabs needed to be reset the order in a workbook, dragging worksheets one by one must be a huge and tedious task. But, with Kutools for Excel’s Sort Sheets utility, you can sort multiple sheets of a workbook by alpha, alphanumeric, tab color or reverse the tab order.

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

1. Click Kutools Plus > Worksheet > Sort Sheets. See screenshot:
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2. Then in the Sort Sheets dialog, select the option you want to sort the sheets by, and after you click at the option, you can preview the new order from the New sheet tabs order pane. See screenshot:

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3. Click Ok, and all the sheets are reset the order as you need.

Tip: In the Sort Sheets dialog, after you select an option to sort the sheets, you can preview the sorting result in the New sheet tabs order pane, if you want to go back to the original order, click Reset to recover before closing the dialog.


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