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: Sheets for Days.

Sheets for Days

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated June 10, 2017)


When you are starting a new workbook, it is very common to name each worksheet after a different day of the month. If you do this quite a bit, you know it can be tiresome to rename each worksheet, in turn, to exactly what you need.

The following macro was developed to help in these situations. It checks the names of the worksheets in your workbook, renaming them to the days of the month if they begin with the letters "Sheet". If there are not enough sheets in the workbook, it adds sheets, as necessary, for each day of the month.

Sub DoDays()
    Dim J As Integer
    Dim K As Integer
    Dim sDay As String
    Dim sTemp As String
    Dim iTarget As Integer
    Dim dBasis As Date

    iTarget = 13
    While (iTarget < 1) Or (iTarget > 12)
        iTarget = Val(InputBox("Numeric month?"))
        If iTarget = 0 Then Exit Sub

    Application.ScreenUpdating = False
    sTemp = Str(iTarget) & "/1/" & Year(Now())
    dBasis = CDate(sTemp)
    For J = 1 To 31
        sDay = Format((dBasis + J - 1), "dddd mm-dd-yyyy")
        If Month(dBasis + J - 1) = iTarget Then

            If J <= Sheets.Count Then
                If Left(Sheets(J).Name, 5) = "Sheet" Then
                    Sheets(J).Name = sDay
                    Sheets.Add.Move after:=Sheets(Sheets.Count)
                    ActiveSheet.Name = sDay
                End If
                Sheets.Add.Move after:=Sheets(Sheets.Count)
                ActiveSheet.Name = sDay
            End If
        End If
    Next J

    For J = 1 To (Sheets.Count - 1)
        For K = J + 1 To Sheets.Count
            If Right(Sheets(J).Name, 10) > _
              Right(Sheets(K).Name, 10) Then
                Sheets(K).Move Before:=Sheets(J)
            End If
        Next K
    Next J

    Application.ScreenUpdating = True
End Sub

The macro sets each tab name equal to the day of the week followed by the actual date, as in "Wednesday 03-28-2012." If you want to change the way that the tabs are named for each day, just change how the sDay variable is constructed in the macro.

The last step in the macro is that it places the worksheets in proper order, based on the days of the month. The result is that if you have any other worksheets left in the workbook (in other words, you had some that did not begin with the letters "Sheet," then those worksheets end up at the end of the workbook, after the sheets for each day.

ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (2836) 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: Sheets for Days.

Author Bio

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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What is 4 + 4?

2017-11-29 14:27:19

macro challenged

@Willy Vanhaelen
Thank you very much.

(I cannot see comments posted before October - they must not be set to display)

2017-11-08 12:23:01

Willy Vanhaelen

@macro challenged
In the macros of my comment of 4 August 2017 in the Exelribbon version of this tip (
For X = 1 To X
For X = X To 1 Step -1

There is no way to run a macro unless the workbook is Macro enabled.

2017-11-07 17:34:27

macro challenged

Hi You Are a HERO!!

This is what I want to do, do you know how I would reverse order the sheets? I want first of the month all the way to the right.

Another question? Is there any way that I can run this in the immediate window (I am not able to email excel sheets with Macro enabled)


2017-10-25 11:35:15

Willy Vanhaelen

Read carefully my comment. The second macro can do all you ask for. Try it.

2017-10-25 06:41:42


Thank you for this macro!

Is there a way to exclude certain days (Saturday and Sunday)?

Is there a way to have this macro work for months in future years, say January 2018?

2017-10-24 07:32:12

Willy Vanhaelen

Take a look at my comment of 4 August 2017 in the Exelribbon version of this tip ( Perhaps that is what you are lloking for?

2017-10-23 20:23:46


This is exactly what I've been trying to do. Is there a way to have this select a specific template for the new sheets? I have a report I run everyday and if I can get this to work like I think it can, that would be amazing.

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