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

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:

Export and save worksheets as new workbook with Move or Copy command

Export and save worksheets as new workbook with VBA code

Export and save worksheets as new workbook with Kutools for Excel good idea3


arrow blue right bubble Export and save worksheets as new workbook 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.
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Step 3: In Move or Copy dialog box, select the (new book) item from the drop down list of Move selected sheets to book.

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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.


Quickly split multiple worksheets into separate workbook in Excel

In Microsoft Excel, you can save or split a worksheet from one workbook as a new Excel file by copying and pasting this worksheet into a new workbook. It seems troublesome, if you want to split each sheet / worksheet of a large workbook as separate Excel, txt, csv, pdf files. But with Kutools for Excel’s Split Workbook utility, you can quickly deal with it.  Click for 30 days free trial with full features!
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arrow blue right bubble 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()
'Updateby20200806
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
Else
    Select Case xWb.FileFormat
        Case 51:
            FileExtStr = ".xlsx": FileFormatNum = 51
        Case 52:
            If Application.ActiveWorkbook.HasVBProject Then
                FileExtStr = ".xlsm": FileFormatNum = 52
            Else
                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
    xWs.Select
    xWs.Copy
    xFile = FolderName & "\" & xWs.Name & FileExtStr
    Set xNWb = Application.Workbooks.Item(Application.Workbooks.Count)
    xNWb.SaveAs xFile, FileFormat:=FileFormatNum
    xNWb.Close False, xFile
    End If
NErro:
    xWb.Activate
Next

    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:

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arrow blue right bubble Export and save worksheets as new workbook with Kutools for Excel

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

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

Step 1: Click Kutools Plus > Workbook > Split Workbook…. See screenshot:
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Step 2: In the Split Workbook dialog box, do as below:

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1: all of the worksheet names have been checked by default, if you don’t want to split some of the worksheets, you can uncheck them;


2: If you want to avoid splitting the hidden or blank worksheets, you can check the Skip hidden worksheets or Skip blank worksheets.);


3: and also you can check Specify save format, and to select split the sheets then save as text file, pdf file, or csv file, in defualt, if you do not check this option, it will split sheets and save as workbook.

Step 3: Then click Split button, and choose the folder that you want to put the new workbooks to. See screenshot:
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Step 4: And then click OK, then each checked worksheet in the Split Workbook dialog box is exported and saved as individual workbook. Each new workbook is named with the original worksheet name. See screenshot:
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Click to know more information about this Split Workbook tool.

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Quickly split data into multiple worksheets based on column or fixed rows in Excel

Supposing you have a worksheet that has data in columns A to G, the salesman’s name is in column A and you need to automatically split this data into multiple worksheets based on the column A in the same workbook and each salesman will be splitted into a new worksheet. Kutools for Excel’s Split Date utility can help you to quickly split data into multiple worksheets based on selected column as below screenshot shown in Excel.  Click for full-featured 30 days free trial!
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    Sameer Kuppanath · 7 days ago
    For Each xWs In xWb.Worksheets

    How to do export only selected / grouped sheets to separate excel sheets by using this code.?
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    Issybeee · 3 months ago
    Hi there,

    Keep getting a pop up that says 'compile error, invalid outside procedure' when i try and run the code. Any thoughts? Thanks for all your help.
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      Sunny · 3 months ago
      Hi, Issybeee, I have update the VBA code in the tutorial, you can try the new one again.
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    Tobias vP · 6 months ago
    For those of you who save macros in your "Personal.XLSB" or XLSTART (I see more questions below related to this), change the line

    Set xWb = Application.ThisWorkbook to

    Set xWB = ActiveWorkbook

    That will make the macro run from the Active Workbook instead and save in a subfolder to that.

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    Diego · 8 months ago
    With the first method, if I hit F5, it opens a pop up window with the function "Go to". My excel is in spanish, im not sure if that is a factor. Any idea on how to fix it?
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      Sunny · 7 months ago
      You can directly click the Run button of the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window.
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    kerstin · 1 years ago
    Un aporte realmente útil. He probado el módulo con código VBA y funciona a la perfección. Muchas gracias, me has salvado una tarea que me hubiera llevado mucho tiempo con el mover y copiar.
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    SS · 1 years ago
    This is a fantastic piece of work, thanks a lot.
    Do we have any option to select only specific columns in a worksheet to be exported?
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      Sunny · 1 years ago
      Hi, SS, if you want to export a specific selection as a individual file, this article can help you https://www.extendoffice.com/documents/excel/626-excel-save-selection.html
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    JR · 1 years ago
    For anybody who finds the VBA code is not running as expected, try to change Line 9 to "Set xWb = Application.ActiveWorkbook"

    Otherwise, fantastic! Does exactly as described, and runs fairly quickly
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    Vinod Pingale · 1 years ago
    very nice.... Thanks
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    PK · 1 years ago
    How to convert this macro so that I can save it in my personal workbook and can use to where ever I need it.
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      Sunny · 1 years ago
      Click Developer tab > Record Macro > select Personal Macro Workbook, and give the vba a name.
      Then in Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window, click VBAProject(PERSONA_XLSB) > Modules > double click Module1, paste the code between Sub() and End Sub, save the code.
      When you want to use the code, click Developer > Macro, choose the code you name.
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        brahim · 1 years ago
        xWs.Copy this methode give me an erreor 1004
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    Sergii · 1 years ago
    February 2019 - after some update Excel silently exits macro right after Application.ActiveWorkbook.SaveAs
    It means, that commands Application.ActiveWorkbook.Close does not run and file stays opened... Could it be fixed? This happened all the machines in our office on several workbooks that were using such kind of Macro.
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    Jenne · 2 years ago
    Do you have the formula to make sure that each excel sheet when saved as a new work book is in total format Comma Delimited .CSV
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      Sunny · 2 years ago
      Sorry, I have no idea,neither.
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    Jenne · 2 years ago
    Love this and another info you have on splitting data into each worksheet. However I keep getting an error when trying to upload my single reports into my system

    I needed them as a csv file so just changed the last part of the module to .csv I am wondering if I missed something else that should've been changed.

    Thanks a million
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    Ananda · 2 years ago
    what is the use of Worksheet.Save??
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      erick · 2 years ago
      to save the changes made
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      Sunny · 2 years ago
      What? I do not understand.
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    Eunice · 2 years ago
    Hi Sunny,

    Thank you for sharing this code!

    I keep getting this error "Compile Error: Wrong number of arguments or invalid property assignment" at the "format" portion of the following string:

    DateString = format(Now, "yyyy-mm-dd hh-mm-ss")
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    Borges · 2 years ago
    Hi, I use this VBA code all the time to separate commission statements into individual spreadsheets. Is it possible to add a line to the code so it will automatically email the report to each person using outlook?
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      Sunny · 2 years ago
      Soryy I did not know a code can do that, but you can split the workbook first, then apply Kutools for Excel's Create Mailing List and Send Emails utilities to create a mailing list, and then send the reports as attachments to each person. For more detail, please go to visit this article https://www.extendoffice.com/product/kutools-for-excel/excel-create-mailing-list-and-send-email.html
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    dilshadrana46@gmail.com · 2 years ago
    i cant find enterprise toolbar kindly help me
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    dilshadrana46@gmail.com · 2 years ago
    this code cahnge dates in my sheets
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      Sunny · 2 years ago
      What dates have been changed? The modified dates? The Enterprise tab will be appeared after installing Kutools for Excel.
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    Isuru · 3 years ago
    xWs.Copy line comes up with an error in my case with 2016 "Method 'Copy of object'_Worksheet' failed.
    Please suggest me a correction if possible.
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      Sunny · 3 years ago
      Sorry, I have no idea about your problem.
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    Peggy · 3 years ago
    Hi,


    its totally work with the excel 2010.


    however, after i upgraded to Excel 2016, the code doesn't work.


    would you please advise which part should i be revised?
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      Sunny · 3 years ago
      Excuse me, which method you cannot use in Excel 2016? In my condition, all of the methods above do work in Excel 2016 perfectly
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    Omeir · 3 years ago
    Hi the second method worked great. Thank you. I have one question. This method saves each worksheet as a new workbook based on the name of the sheet. Is there anyway to add to the name, for example sheets have a variable name which is currently being saved. Can I add January 2017 or Feb 2017 to the files saved?
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      Sunny · 3 years ago
      Thanks for your leaving message, you can apply Kutools for Excel's Rename Multiple Worksheets to rename every sheets of the workbook firstly, then use one of above methods to export or save the sheets separately as workbook. If you want to know more detail on Rename Multiple Worksheet utility, please visit this:https://www.extendoffice.com/product/kutools-for-excel/batch-rename-excel-worksheets.html
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    Sarfraz · 3 years ago
    Is there a way to change this macro so I can save it in a file in the XLSTART folder but it will run for the active workbook? Everytime I save it in the XLSTART workbook it fails at the DateString = Format(Now, "yyyy-mm-dd hh-mm-ss")line.

    Thanks!
    Sarfraz
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    Aung · 3 years ago
    This is exactly what I needed! Awesome!
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    Rae · 3 years ago
    Hi. I received an error code that says "Compile error: Invalid outside procedure"...help!
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    DAS · 3 years ago
    Your code worked for me... Thanks much!!!
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    Richard · 4 years ago
    Can we also export ALL (300+) sheets to html,
    this will help me a lot, the export to unified text is already helping but I need them in html, or no table borders for the cell differences
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    Madhav Mehendale · 4 years ago
    Out of the above three methods, I found the first method to be quite good having regard to the fact that I am a beginner & my work is not at all of the same magnitude like professionals. My sincere thanks for explaining the steps in simple and lucid manner.
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    Beth G · 4 years ago
    Run time error Method 'Copy of Object' worksheet' failed
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    Beth G · 4 years ago
    xWs.Copy -it is an error in my part what does it mean?
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    Louise · 5 years ago
    Great article - VBA worked first time - perfect
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    Charlie Clarke · 5 years ago
    Unfortunately the VBA code didn't work for me. I had to debug and the issue is with the line:
    Application.ActiveWorkbook.SaveAs xFile, FileFormat:=FileFormatNum

    Any ideas why it didn't work for me?
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    JoaoM · 5 years ago
    Muy buena la aplicacion.

    Es una pena no existir tambien en Español.

    Gracias
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    AC · 5 years ago
    Very Useful thanks! Loved the VBA Code
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    fauzan · 5 years ago
    thank. terimakasih. ini code yang saya butuhkan
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    farfan · 6 years ago
    The VBA codes works like magic, but is there a way for this to be done using VBScript? I'm going nuts trying to meet the requirement from my supervisor.
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    Chris · 6 years ago
    this code is perfect for what i need,
    but could you show code for the exact same process for one sheet rather than the entire workbook?
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    Sam · 6 years ago
    The code is failing at sh.Copy and I cannot figure out why. Any Ideas?
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    Votefor Pedro · 6 years ago
    Thank you. This is esactly what I needed.
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    Phani · 6 years ago
    Hi All,
    Can someone help me on below.
    I need VBA code that can copy only all visible sheets to new workbook and it should not copy macro code to new workbook, save new workbook on desktop with two different cell values in sheet and sheet name as a file name and close the master workbook without saving.
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    Keith · 6 years ago
    Is there a way to change this macro so I can save it in a file in the XLSTART folder but it will run for the active workbook? Everytime I save it in the XLSTART workbook it fails at the DateString = Format(Now, "yyyy-mm-dd hh-mm-ss")line.

    Thanks!
    Keith
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    Rajesh Jayagopi · 6 years ago
    Thanks a lot. Good Job!.
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    Sean · 6 years ago
    Hello I like the code
    Is it possible to just save the new workbook without the date information That is so when I resave the sheets in the previous workbook I will have the option to overwrite the changes rather than create another dated folder? Also but not so important how could I use another name and destination for the destination folder
    Regards
    Sean
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    Nasser · 7 years ago
    thanks alot, works very well and easy.