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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: Shortcut to Move between Two Worksheets.
You can easily move between worksheets in a workbook by using Ctrl+Pg Up and Ctrl+Pg Down. What if you want to use a shortcut to move between two specific, non-neighboring worksheets, such as Sheet1 and Sheet4? In this case, it is best to use a macro to do the jumping around.
If desired, you could define two macros that would do the jumping. One macro would jump to Sheet1 and the other to Sheet4. These would be easy enough to create using the macro recorder, and you could assign a shortcut key to each of the macros.
If you are looking for a single shortcut that will toggle between the two worksheets, then you can use a macro such as this:
Sub JumpBetween1() If ActiveSheet.Name = "Sheet1" Then Worksheets("Sheet4").Activate Else Worksheets("Sheet1").Activate End If End Sub
The macro simply checks to see which worksheet is currently displayed. If it is Sheet1, then Sheet4 is displayed. In all other instances, Sheet1 is displayed. This is handy, but it means that if you currently have Sheet2 displayed, the shortcut will always display Sheet1. You might not want the macro to do anything unless either Sheet1 or Sheet4 is displayed. In that case, you should use this variation of the macro:
Sub JumpBetween2() If ActiveSheet.Name = "Sheet1" Then Sheets("Sheet4").Activate ElseIf ActiveSheet.Name = "Sheet4" Then Sheets("Sheet1").Activate End If End Sub
Note that the only difference between the two macros is that the latter variation uses ElseIf to check if Sheet4 is displayed. This means that if any worksheets other than Sheet1 or Sheet4 is displayed, the macro will do nothing.
ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (3216) 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: Shortcut to Move between Two Worksheets.
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