Setting the Number of Default Worksheets

Written by Allen Wyatt (last updated January 19, 2019)
This tip applies to Excel 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003


When you first create a new Excel workbook, the program--by default--creates sixteen blank worksheets within the workbook. For many people, this is way too many. To alter the number of default worksheets in a new workbook, follow these steps:

  1. Choose Options from the Tools menu. This displays the Options dialog box.
  2. Click on the General tab. (See Figure 1.)
  3. Figure 1. The General tab of the Options dialog box.

  4. Use the Sheets In New Workbook control to indicate how many worksheets Excel should create.
  5. Click on OK.

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