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How to export and save each worksheet as separate new workbook in Excel?

Author: Kelly Last Modified: 2024-07-19

Let's say you want to export and save one or several worksheets as a new workbook, how will you deal with it? Normally you may copy each worksheet and paste to new workbook. But here we bring you some handy tricks to deal with it:

Save worksheets as new workbook one by one with 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.

Step 1: Select the worksheet names in tab bar. You can select multiple with holding down Ctrl key or shift key.

Step 2: Right click the worksheet name, and click the Move or Copy from context menu.

screenshot of saving sheets as new workbook 1

Step 3: In Move or Copy dialog box, select the (new book) item from the drop down list of Move selected sheets to book.

screenshot of saving sheets as new workbook 2

Step 4: Then click OK, now you have switched to the new workbook with exported or copied worksheets, click File > Save to save the new workbook.

Note: In the Move or Copy dialog box, there is a Create a copy option. If you do not check it, it will move the selected worksheets out of original workbook; if check it, it will copy selected worksheets.

Easily batch save worksheets as new workbook with Kutools for Excel

If you have multiple worksheets needed to be saved as separate workbook, the first method is not a good choice. And the VBA code below maybe a little complicated for Excel beginners. Here you can use the Split Workbook utility of Kutools for Excel to easily batch save each worksheet of one workbook to separate new workbook.

After installing Kutools for Excel, click Kutools Plus > Workbook > Split Workbook to open the Split Workbook dialog box. And then configure as follows.

  1. Check the worksheets you want to save as new workbooks. By default, all worksheets are checked.
  2. It is optional to skip hidden and blank worksheets by checking the corresponding checkboxes in the Options section.
  3. Click OK.
    screenshot of saving sheets as new workbook with Kutools for Excel 1
  4. A Select Folder dialog box pops up, you then need to select a destination folder to save the new workbooks and click the Select Folder button.

Then, the specified worksheets or all worksheets will be saved as separate new workbooks immediately.


Export and save worksheets as new workbook with VBA code

This following code will export every visible worksheet in a new workbook and save the workbook with the name of the original sheet in a newly created folder in the same path as the active workbook. Please do as following steps:

Step 1: Hold down the ALT + F11 keys, and it opens the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window.

Step 2: Click Insert > Module, and paste the following macro in the Module Window:

VBA : Export and save worksheets as new workbook in a new folder.

Sub SplitWorkbook()
Dim FileExtStr As String
Dim FileFormatNum As Long
Dim xWs As Worksheet
Dim xWb As Workbook
Dim xNWb As Workbook
Dim FolderName As String
Application.ScreenUpdating = False
Set xWb = Application.ThisWorkbook

DateString = Format(Now, "yyyy-mm-dd hh-mm-ss")
FolderName = xWb.Path & "\" & xWb.Name & " " & DateString

If Val(Application.Version) < 12 Then
    FileExtStr = ".xls": FileFormatNum = -4143
    Select Case xWb.FileFormat
        Case 51:
            FileExtStr = ".xlsx": FileFormatNum = 51
        Case 52:
            If Application.ActiveWorkbook.HasVBProject Then
                FileExtStr = ".xlsm": FileFormatNum = 52
                FileExtStr = ".xlsx": FileFormatNum = 51
            End If
        Case 56:
            FileExtStr = ".xls": FileFormatNum = 56
        Case Else:
            FileExtStr = ".xlsb": FileFormatNum = 50
        End Select
End If

MkDir FolderName

For Each xWs In xWb.Worksheets
On Error GoTo NErro
    If xWs.Visible = xlSheetVisible Then
    xFile = FolderName & "\" & xWs.Name & FileExtStr
    Set xNWb = Application.Workbooks.Item(Application.Workbooks.Count)
    xNWb.SaveAs xFile, FileFormat:=FileFormatNum
    xNWb.Close False, xFile
    End If

    MsgBox "You can find the files in " & FolderName
    Application.ScreenUpdating = True
End Sub

Step 3: Press the F5 key to run this code. And a prompt box will pop up to tell you the location of the new exported workbooks, and all of the worksheets of the original workbook have been exported to some new separate workbooks which named original sheets in a new specific folder. See screenshots:

screenshot of saving sheets as new workbook with VBA 1

Export and save each sheet as new workbook

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Thanks, this was awesome. There are dozens of pages on the internet talking about how to do this. You guys are the only ones that got the VBA code right. Many thanks. I had a big monster workbook with about 100 tabs, all relatively small, and the VBA macro knocked it out in about five minutes. Thank God for smart guys like you. :)
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This has been extremely helpful, my job was doing some data management manually and this helped me automate it. I do have a question though, as the code is a bit over my head to figure out on my own.

What would I need to change to make it so that it always saves as a CSV file instead of an excel file? I know it'll be part of the IF VAL THEN CASES but I don't follow the formatting of that area.

Thank you,
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Hi, Matt, I am glad that this article can help you. If you want to save sheets as new CSV files, this article lists the methods on exporting sheets as separated CSV files, hope it can do you a favor.
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I have been using this VBA Code for some time and it worked like a charm until I changed computers. I have the same version of excel but now I am getting a Run Time Error "76" Path Not found. Any ideas what could be causing this? It looks like it is hanging up at MkDir. Any help you can provide is appreciated.
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Hi, can I ask which office version you use?
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I'm having this issue as well. I ran it once a month ago just fine and this came up just now.
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You are amazing! Thank you so very much!
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Thank you so much ! great and useful.
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