How to Copy a Sheet in Excel: A Step-by-Step Guide

Ah, Excel. The beloved software that brings us both joy and headaches. Whether you’re a newbie or a seasoned Excel user, copying a sheet can be a bit confusing at first. But fear not, my friend! I’m here to walk you through the process, step-by-step. First things first, let’s cover why you’d want to copy a sheet. Well, there are a few reasons: - Maybe you want to create a backup of a sheet, just in case you accidentally delete something important. - Maybe you want to use a sheet as a template for a new project. - Maybe you want to compare two sheets side-by-side. Regardless of your reason, the process for copying a sheet is the same.

Step 1: Open the workbook containing the sheet you want to copy.

Pretty straightforward, right? Open Excel and navigate to the workbook that contains the sheet you want to copy.

Step 2: Right-click on the sheet you want to copy.

Once you’ve opened the workbook, find the sheet you want to copy in the bottom tabs. Right-click on the tab and select “Move or Copy” from the dropdown menu.

Step 3: Choose where you want to copy the sheet.

A new window will pop up. You’ll want to make sure the “Create a copy” box is checked. Next, select the workbook where you want to copy the sheet. If you want to copy the sheet to a new workbook, select “(new book)” from the dropdown menu.

Step 4: Rename the copied sheet.

By default, the copied sheet will have the same name as the original sheet. If you want to change the name, do so in the “To book” field. Once you’re done, click “OK.”

Step 5: Review and edit the new sheet.

Congratulations! You’ve successfully copied a sheet in Excel. Now, you can review and edit the new sheet as needed. Keep in mind that the copied sheet is a separate entity from the original sheet. This means that any changes you make to the copied sheet won’t affect the original sheet.

Bonus tip:

If you want to save yourself some time in the future, you can create a shortcut for copying a sheet. Here’s how: 1. Press Alt + F11 to open the Visual Basic Editor. 2. In the left pane, double-click on the workbook where you want to create the shortcut. 3. In the new window that opens, paste the following code: Sub CopySheet() ActiveSheet.Copy After:=ActiveSheet End Sub 4. Close the Visual Basic Editor. 5. Right-click on the Excel toolbar and select “Customize the Ribbon.” 6. In the right pane, click on “New Group” to create a new group in the selected tab. 7. Select the new group, then click on “Rename” to give it a name (like “Copy Sheet”). 8. Click and drag the “Macro” option from the left pane to the new group in the right pane. 9. Right-click on the macro and select “Rename” to name it “Copy Sheet” (or whatever you want). 10. Click “OK” to close the window. Now, whenever you want to copy a sheet, simply select the original sheet and click on the “Copy Sheet” button on the Excel toolbar. Easy peasy!


And there you have it, folks. Copying a sheet in Excel may seem daunting at first, but it’s actually a pretty simple process. With this step-by-step guide, you’ll be copying sheets like a pro in no time. Remember, always make a backup of your sheets before making any major changes. And if you ever get stuck, there’s always Google and Excel forums to help you out. Happy Excel-ing!
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