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How to combine multiple workbooks to one workbook in Excel?

Have you ever been stuck when you have to combine multiple workbooks into a single workbook in Excel? The most terrible thing is that the workbook you need to combine contains multiple worksheets. Can anyone suggest a good way to handle this problem?

Combine multiple workbooks to one workbook with VBA

Combine multiple workbooks to one workbook with Move or Copy command

Easily combine multiple workbooks to one workbook with Kutools for Excel


Easily combine multiple worksheets/workbooks into one worksheet / workbook:

Combine multiple worksheets or workbooks into one single worksheet or workbook may be a huge task in your daily work. But, if you have Kutools for Excel, its powerful utility – Combine can help you quickly combine multiple worksheets, workbooks into one worksheet or workbook

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Combine multiple workbooks to one workbook with VBA


For the skilled and professional programmers, you can use VBA scripts to combine multiple workbooks into one master workbook. You can deal with this with the following steps:

1. Put all the workbooks that you want to combine into the same directory. See screenshot:

2. Launch an Excel file that you want to combine other workbooks into.

3. Click Developer > Visual Basic, a new Microsoft Visual Basic for applications window will be displayed, click Insert > Module, and input the following code into the Module:

Sub GetSheets()
Path = "C:\Users\dt\Desktop\dt kte\"
Filename = Dir(Path & "*.xls")
  Do While Filename <> ""
  Workbooks.Open Filename:=Path & Filename, ReadOnly:=True
     For Each Sheet In ActiveWorkbook.Sheets
     Sheet.Copy After:=ThisWorkbook.Sheets(1)
  Next Sheet
     Workbooks(Filename).Close
     Filename = Dir()
  Loop
End Sub

Tip: In the above code, you can change the path to the one that you are using.

4. Then click doc-merge-multiple-workbooks-button button to run the code, and all of the worksheets (including the blank worksheets) within the workbooks have been merged into the master workbook.

Note: This VBA code can merge the entire workbooks into the master workbook, if you want to combine specified worksheets of the workbooks, this code will not work.


Combine multiple workbooks to one workbook with Move or Copy command

If you are a rookie of Microsoft Excel, you have no choice but only have to copy the data of every sheet and paste them in to a new workbook one by one and applying the Move or Copy command. Using the Move or Copy command will help you export or copy one or several worksheets to a new workbook quickly.

1. Open all workbooks that you want to merge into a single workbook.

2. Select all of the worksheet names of a workbook in tab bar. You can select multiple with holding down Ctrl key or Shift key. Right click the worksheet name, and click the Move or Copy from context menu.

3. In Move or Copy dialog box, select the master workbook that you want to merge other workbooks into from the drop down list of Move selected sheets to book. And then specify the location of the merged worksheets. See screenshots:

4. Then click OK. The selected worksheets have been moved to the master workbook.

5. Repeat the steps from 2 to 4 to move other workbooks to the master workbook. Then it combines all worksheets of opened workbooks into a single workbook. See screenshots:


Easily combine multiple workbooks to one workbook with Kutools for Excel

Fortunately, for rookies and new hands of Microsoft Excel, there are some available tools to help you quickly combine hundreds of workbooks into one. The function Combine in Kutools for Excel makes it much easier to combine multiple Excel files. The application is used for releasing the repetitive and redundant operations in Excel. It actually plays an important role if you have to deal with a large amount of Excel file in your daily work. Now, let's see how to get this function work in combining multiple workbooks.

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1. Enable Excel and click Kutools Plus > Combine. Then a dialog pops to remind you that all combined workbooks should be saved and the feature can't be applied to protected workbooks, please click the OK button.

2. In the Combine Worksheets wizard, select Combine multiple worksheets from workbooks into one workbook, and then click the Next button. See screenshot:

2. Then you can see all opened workbooks and worksheets are listed in the Combine Worksheets - Step 2 of 3 dialog box. Click the Add > File / Folder to add other Excel files or folders whih containing the Excel files you will combine. After selecting files, click the Next button to go ahead. See screenshot:

doc merge multiple workbooks arrow1

3. In the Combine Worksheets - Step 3 of 3 dialog box, please do the following settings:

  • 3.1 You can exclude all blank worksheets from merging by selecting Skip from the When encountering a blank worksheet drop down list.
  • 3.2 Check the First row of each worksheet (Comment) option to insert worksheet information of every combined worksheet.
  • 3.3 You can rename the new combined worksheets by inserting the workbook names before or after the original worksheet names, or just keep the original worksheet names with unchecking the By inserting workbook name option.
  • 3.4 Click the Finish button.

4. Then choose a folder to save the combined workbook, and open it directely as you need. Now all specified workbooks are combined into one.

Notes:

1. You will be asked if you want to save this scenario. Click Yes to save as you need, then enter the name of the scenario, (see following screenshots). After saving the scenario, you only need to click Scenario button to choose the name of the scenario on step2 wizard to use it directly.

2. Worksheets in selected workbooks have been merged into a new workbook, and the worksheets are named with the workbook name before or after the original worksheet name if you have checked the By inserting workbook name option. Meanwhile, a new worksheet named Kutools for Excel is generated before all worksheets, which lists the workbooks with detailed information of each worksheets. See screenshot:

3. If your worksheet name is too long, maybe the name characters are greater than 31characters, the combined name will not be displayed, and only show the original sheet name.

Tip.If you want to have a free trial of this utility, please go to download the software freely first, and then go to apply the operation according above steps.


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  • To post as a guest, your comment is unpublished.
    Justin · 2 months ago
    This worked for me but I had to make sure I have to put "\" at the end of my path. Initially, I didn't have it and it wouldn't work.
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    Simona Pandele · 2 months ago
    The VBA code isn't working for me. I have entered my path but is there anything else that I need to customize to make it run? I can't easily see what else I might need to enter.
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      crystal · 3 days ago
      Good day,
      Please make sure you have put "\" at the end of your path. Thanks for your comment.
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    janu · 3 months ago
    code not worked can anyone help me
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    Daniela · 4 months ago
    Big thanks! It was just what I needed
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    Gavin · 6 months ago
    This doesn't seem to mention the easiest method (at least for a limited number of sheets): simply drag the tab at the bottom of each sheet to the new workbook.