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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) Else Sheets.Add.Move after:=Sheets(Sheets.Count) ActiveSheet.Name = sMo(J) End If Else 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 Sheets(1).Activate 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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