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How to rename multiple worksheets in Excel?

Normally to rename worksheets in Excel, we can quickly double click the sheet tab, or right click on the sheet tab to choose Rename command for renaming worksheets. That’s quite handy to rename one or two worksheets in Excel, but if we want to rename multiple worksheets within one operation, how can we do?

Using Rename command to rename worksheets
Good for Excel starters to rename one or two worksheets

Using VBA code for renaming multiple worksheets
Good for Excel advanced user to rename multiple worksheets, but it’s complicated

Using a handy tool to rename multiple worksheets comfortably
Good for all Excel users to quickly rename multiple worksheets, too easy!


Using Rename command to rename worksheets


We can quickly rename worksheets in Excel with the Rename command according to the following procedures:

Right click on the sheet tab you want to rename, and choose Rename command from the Right-click menu. Or double click on the sheet tab to rename the worksheet. Then type a new name, and then press Enter key to rename it, see screenshot:

doc rename worksheets 1

With this Rename command, you can rename only one worksheet at a time, for the purpose of renaming multiple worksheets, please repeat the above operations.


Using VBA code for renaming multiple worksheets

Here I will introduce you two VBA codes to rename multiple worksheets.

1. VBA code to rename multiple worksheets by the name you want at once

Using the following VBA code, you can quickly rename all worksheets of the current workbook with the same prefix in their worksheet names, such as: KTE-order1, KTE-order 2, and KTE-order 3…

1. Click on Developer > Visual Basic, and click Insert > Module in the Microsoft Visual Basic Application Windows.

2. Please copy and paste the following code into the Module

VBA: Rename all sheets by entering a specific name

Sub ChangeWorkSheetName()
'Updateby20140624
Dim Rng As Range
Dim WorkRng As Range
On Error Resume Next
xTitleId = "KutoolsforExcel"
newName = Application.InputBox("Name", xTitleId, "", Type:=2)
For i = 1 To Application.Sheets.Count
    Application.Sheets(i).Name = newName & i
Next
End Sub

3.  Click doc-rename-multiple-worksheets-4 button to execute the code, and enter the name you want into the pop-out dialog.see screenshots:

doc rename worksheets 2

4. Click OK. Then you can see all sheets are renamed.

doc rename worksheets 3

2. VBA code to rename multiple worksheets by specific cell value in each worksheet of the active workbook

Using the following VBA code, it will rename all worksheets of current workbook by using the content of specific cell. For example, you can type the worksheet name in the A1 cell of the whole workbook, and then the worksheet will be renamed as the cell value A1.

1.  Please specify a cell to contain the worksheet name in each worksheet and type the worksheet name in it. In this example, I will type the worksheet name in cell A1 in each worksheet.

2.  Click Developer > Visual Basic, and click Insert > Module in the Microsoft Visual Basic Application Windows.

3.  Please copy and paste the following code into the Module.

VBA: Rename worksheets by a specific cell content

Sub RenameTabs()
'Updateby20140624
 For x = 1 To Sheets.Count
 If Worksheets(x).Range("A1").Value <> "" Then
 Sheets(x).Name = Worksheets(x).Range("A1").Value
 End If
 Next
 End Sub

4.  Click doc-rename-multiple-worksheets-4 button to execute the code. All worsheets are renamed based on the cell content of A1.

Notes:

1. In the above code, A1 is the cell content which you want to rename the worksheets based on, you can change it to your need

2. If the specific cell has no content, then the worksheet of the specific cell will not be renamed.


Using a handy tool to rename multiple worksheets comfortably

The Rename Multiple Worksheets tool of Kutools for Excel is quite handy for renaming all worksheets or selected specific worksheets of current workbook.

With this tool, you can quickly rename all worksheets or selected specific worksheets by adding extra content before or after the existing worksheet name or replace the original sheet names with the new names. You can also rename all worksheets or selected worksheets by using the contents of a range cells.

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1. Rename multiple worksheets with specific data by using Kutools for Excel

With this Rename Multiple Worksheets tool, you can easily rename the worksheets with a specific value which you can put it before or after the original worksheets name, also you can replace the original with the specific value. Do as follows:

1.  Click Enterprise > Worksheet > Rename Multiple Worksheets. See screenshot:

doc rename worksheets 4

2. Specify the settings in Rename Multiple Worksheets dialog box. See screenshot:

doc rename worksheets 5

1. Select the worksheets you want to rename from the Worksheets list.

2. Select one type which you want to rename the worksheets under Rename Options.

3. Input the specific value into the From an input box.

3. And then click OK. You will get the following results:

doc rename worksheets 6

2. Rename multiple worksheets with cell values by using Kutools for Excel

If you have a range of cell values, and now you need to rename the worksheet name with the cell values, this utility also can help you quickly rename multiple worksheets with the specific cell values. Please do as this:

1. Apply this utility by clicking Enterprise > Worksheet > Rename Multiple Worksheets . And in the Rename Multiple Worksheets dialog box, specify the following settings:

doc rename worksheets 7

1. Select the worksheets you want to rename from the Worksheets list.

2. Select one type which you want to rename the worksheets under Rename Options.

3. Click  doc button button to select the cell values that you want to name the worksheets based on under the From specific range section.

3.  And then click OK. You will get the following result:

doc rename worksheets 8

3. Rename multiple worksheets with a specific cell value in each worksheet by using Kutools for Excel

To rename the worksheet with a specific cell value in each worksheet, Kutools for Excel's Rename Multiple Worksheets also can do you a favor, please do as follows:

1. Apply this utility by clicking Enterprise > Worksheet > Rename Multiple Worksheets . And in the Rename Multiple Worksheets dialog box, specify the following settings:

doc rename worksheets 9

1. Select the worksheets you want to rename from the Worksheets list.

2. Select one type which you want to rename the worksheets under Rename Options.

3. Click  doc button button to select the specific cell value that you want to name the worksheets based on under the Rename worksheets with specific cell section.

2. Then click Ok button, the worksheet names have been renamed with the specific cell value in each worksheet, see screenshot:

doc rename worksheets 10

For more detailed information about Rename multiple worksheets, please visit Rename multiple worksheets feature description.

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    sylvie · 5 months ago
    What if we want to have the numbers in descending order from 52 to 1?
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    Jennifer · 1 years ago
    I need to rename worksheets with data in cell Q5, however, multiple worksheets contain the same data in Q5. How can I tell Excel to rename those worksheets with the data in Q5 and just add something (like 1 or 2) after the name? I hope this makes sense.
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    Jonna · 1 years ago
    I have tried to come up with something very similar, I have worksheet that has 2 columns and 119 rows. I need to take A1:B1 put them together and rename 3rd worksheet, next A2:B2, put them together and rename 4th worksheet, on until row 119. I have been hitting my head on the monitor trying to come up with easy way to do this. Any help would be much appreciated!
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    Jonna · 1 years ago
    I have been looking for something very similar to these, however...I have sheet that has 2 columns and 119 rows. I need to combine A1:B1, start at the 3rd worksheet to rename the tab, next would be A2:B2, rename the 4th tab, so on and so forth. I have been beating my head against monitor and can't figure this one out...any help would be appreciate it.
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    Andy · 1 years ago
    Awesome. saved me so much time thanks