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Sheets for Months

Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. If you are using a later version (Excel 2007 or later), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for later versions of Excel, click here: Sheets for Months.

When you are starting a new workbook, it is very common to name each worksheet after a different month of the year. If you do this quite a bit, you know it can be tiresome to rename each worksheet, in turn, to exactly what you need.

The following macro was developed to help in these situations. It checks the names of the worksheets in your workbook, renaming them to the months of the year if they begin with the letters "Sheet". If there are not enough sheets in the workbook, it adds sheets, as necessary, for each month of the year.

Sub DoMonths()
    Dim J As Integer
    Dim K As Integer
    Dim sMo(12) As String

    sMo(1) = "January"
    sMo(2) = "February"
    sMo(3) = "March"
    sMo(4) = "April"
    sMo(5) = "May"
    sMo(6) = "June"
    sMo(7) = "July"
    sMo(8) = "August"
    sMo(9) = "September"
    sMo(10) = "October"
    sMo(11) = "November"
    sMo(12) = "December"

    For J = 1 To 12
        If J <= Sheets.Count Then
            If Left(Sheets(J).Name, 5) = "Sheet" Then
                Sheets(J).Name = sMo(J)
                Sheets.Add.Move after:=Sheets(Sheets.Count)
                ActiveSheet.Name = sMo(J)
            End If
            Sheets.Add.Move after:=Sheets(Sheets.Count)
            ActiveSheet.Name = sMo(J)
        End If
    Next J

    For J = 1 To 12
        If Sheets(J).Name <> sMo(J) Then
            For K = J + 1 To Sheets.Count
                If Sheets(K).Name = sMo(J) Then
                    Sheets(K).Move Before:=Sheets(J)
                End If
            Next K
        End If
    Next J

End Sub

The last step in the macro is that it places the worksheets in proper order, for the months 1 through 12. The result is that if you have any other worksheets left in the workbook (in other words, you had some that did not begin with the letters "Sheet", then those worksheets end up at the end of the workbook, after the 12 months.

ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (2017) applies to Microsoft Excel 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. You can find a version of this tip for the ribbon interface of Excel (Excel 2007 and later) here: Sheets for Months.

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Comments for this tip:

Dritan    23 Jan 2015, 10:55
Good job,

Here I have a question,
In a specific range of sheet for every name that I write to the cells (that are within the range), it will insert new sheet with the same name that i write within cell?

Thank you,
Jazz    26 Dec 2011, 14:42
Great tip! I customized the code to have daily tabs instead of a tab for each month and it worked like a charm.

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