Setting the Number of Default Worksheets

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated January 19, 2019)

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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Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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