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Creating Worksheets with a Macro

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: Creating Worksheets with a Macro.

Excel lets you create new worksheets in a number of different ways. What if you want to create a new worksheet and name it all in one step? The easiest way to do this is with a macro. The following is an example of a macro that will ask for a name, and then create a worksheet and give that worksheet the name provided.

Sub AddNameNewSheet1()
    Dim Newname As String
    Newname = InputBox("Name for new worksheet?")
    If Newname <> "" Then
        Sheets.Add Type:=xlWorksheet
        ActiveSheet.Name = Newname
    End If
End Sub

This macro works fine, as long as the user enters a worksheet name that is "legal" by Excel standards. If the new name is not acceptable to Excel, the worksheet is still added, but it is not renamed as expected.

A more robust macro would anticipate possible errors in naming a worksheet. The following example code will add the worksheet, but keep asking for a worksheet name if an incorrect one is supplied.

Sub AddNameNewSheet2()
    Dim CurrentSheetName As String

'Remember where we started
'Not needed if you don't want to return
'to where you started but want to stay
'on the New Sheet

    CurrentSheetName = ActiveSheet.Name

'Add New Sheet

'Make sure the name is valid
    On Error Resume Next

'Get the new name
     ActiveSheet.Name = InputBox("Name for new worksheet?")

'Keep asking for name if name is invalid
    Do Until Err.Number = 0
        ActiveSheet.Name = InputBox("Try Again!" _
          & vbCrLf & "Invalid Name or Name Already Exists" _
          & vbCrLf & "Please name the New Sheet")
    On Error GoTo 0

'Go back to where you started
'Not needed if you don't want to return
'to where you started but want to stay
'on the New Sheet

End Sub

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Alan Elston    16 Dec 2016, 05:59
I always forget the syntax with these things. They are the sort of things that are very easy to get by doing a macro recording whilst doing it manually. The code you then get is very easy to understand and modify. You end up with something like this:
Sub NewSheet()
Dim wsOld As Worksheet, wsNew As Worksheet
 Set wsOld = ThisWorkbook.Worksheets("OldSheet") ' - Change to suit your current Worksheet Name
 wsOld.Copy After:=ThisWorkbook.Worksheets.Item(ThisWorkbook.Worksheets.Count) ' Copy Place after last Worksheet Item Number (Count of Worksheets is equal to last tab counting from left which is the last Worksheet Item Number ))
 Set wsNew = ActiveSheet
 Let wsNew.Name = "NewSheet" ' - Change to suit the new name you want
End Sub
Barry    16 Dec 2016, 05:34

Just substitute:
Worksheets("SourceSheetName").Copy instead of Sheets.Add

 Change "SourceSheetName" to the name of the original sheet that you want to be copied.
QLO    16 Dec 2016, 03:32

I know the article is old.
But i have a question.

If i use the code above, but want it to copy/paste a sheet every time, so it will be the same data in the new sheet but with an new sheet name, is this possible to include in the macro?
Valentin    01 Aug 2016, 09:19
Excellent! Works great and has helped me a lot. Thanks.
praveen kumar N     01 Jun 2016, 05:52
I like this code. this is helps lot to me . now I am starting my career in coding thank you so much.

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