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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: Jumping to a Specific Worksheet.
If you have a huge number of worksheets in a workbook, you may be looking for a way to jump to a specific sheet rather easily. There are a number of ways you can approach this task, and their applicability to your situation depends on how many worksheets you actually have in the workbook.
One option that works well if you have a limited number of worksheets (say, 30-40 sheets or less) is to right-click the sheet navigation buttons at the left of the sheet tabs. Doing so will pull up a list of worksheet names, and you can select which one you want to jump to. If there are more worksheets than can comfortably fit in the list, then one of the options is "More Sheets." Select that option, and you end up with a dialog box that lists all the worksheets and you can make your selection.
Another option that many people employ is to create a "table of contents" for your workbook. In the first worksheet, enter a bunch of hyperlinks that jump to the various worksheets in your workbook. That way you can display the TOC, click a link, and you are on your way.
If you know the name of the worksheet you want to jump to, you can also use the Go To capabilities of Excel. Follow these steps:
Another option is to create a macro to prompt for either the name or number of the worksheet you want to display. The following macro could be assigned to a shortcut key, and then you can use it to jump to whatever sheet is desired.
Sub GotoSheet() Dim sSheet As String sSheet = InputBox( _ Prompt:="Sheet name or number?", _ Title:="Input Sheet") On Error Resume Next If Val(sSheet) > 0 Then Worksheets(Val(sSheet)).Activate Else Worksheets(sSheet).Activate End If End Sub
ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (3119) 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: Jumping to a Specific Worksheet.
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