How to Delete a Sheet in Excel: The 3 Best Methods (2023)
You just realized that there is a worksheet in your Excel workbook that you don’t need. What do you do about it?
You simply delete it like it’s no big deal.
But what if you need to delete multiple sheets in your workbook? 🤔
That’s no biggie, too 😉
In this tutorial, you’ll learn the three best methods of how to delete your sheets in Excel.
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Delete a sheet with right-click
This is the most straightforward way to delete a sheet in Excel.
It’s easy as 1-2-3!
Go to the Sheet tab located at the bottom of your Excel window. You’ll see all the sheets in your Excel workbook.
To delete a worksheet,
- Right-click on the sheet tab that you want to delete (here, Sheet 1)
The right-click menu will appear.
- Select Delete.
When you click delete, Microsoft Excel sends you this message 👇
If you’re sure to delete the sheet, click the Delete button.
Note that once you do this, your worksheet will be permanently deleted.
There is no way to get it back.
Now, the sheet is deleted 😊
Delete a sheet from the Home tab
You can easily delete a sheet in Excel from the Home Tab, too.
- Select the sheet tab that you want to delete.
- Go to the Home tab.
- In the Cells group, click the drop-down arrow below Delete.
- Select Delete Sheet.
Microsoft Excel then again sends you this message.
Finally, click Delete.
Deleting a single sheet is no big deal.
But what if you want to delete multiple worksheets in your workbook? 🤔
Delete multiple sheets at once
Deleting multiple sheets in Excel is a great time saver so it’s only important to know how 😉
To delete multiple sheets, you first need to select the sheets you want to delete.
- Select the first sheet tab you want to delete (here, Sheet 2).
- Hold down the SHIFT key and click the tab for the last sheet that you want to delete (here, Sheet 4)
This groups all the sheets you selected, including the Sheet 3 tab.
Now, you can go ahead and…
- Right-click on the sheet tabs.
- Select Delete.
When Microsoft Excel sends you the message, just click the Delete button.
And it will delete the selected worksheets at once 👍
Delete multiple sheets (non-adjacent)
The SHIFT key is one powerful key to select adjacent sheets and delete them at once.
But what if you need to delete worksheets that are not adjacent to each other? 😟
Well, the CTRL key is the key 🔑
The CTRL key can also select sheets one by one but it’s best when you want to select non-adjacent worksheets (cells, rows, and columns too).
Let’s do it 💪
- Click the tab for the first sheet (in our example, Sheet 2)
- Hold down the CTRL key while you click the tabs of the other sheets that you want to delete (in our example, sheets 4 and 6)
- Right-click the sheet tabs.
- Select Delete.
Click the Delete button when the Microsoft Excel dialog box pops up.
And it will delete all the sheets you’ve selected 👍
Again, when you delete a sheet in Excel, all data in that worksheet will permanently be deleted.
You can’t undo it. So, make sure that you are deleting only the sheet that you really want to remove.
That’s it – Now what?
Good job! 🙌
Deleting worksheets is one of the basic things Excel users should know. Now, you learned not only one but the three best methods of how to delete a sheet in Excel.
Excel helps you organize your data in your sheets and workbooks. You only need to learn how to make Excel’s powerful functions and features work for you 😊
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