How to Rename a Sheet in Excel: Step-by-Step Guide (2024)

An Excel workbook has a maximum of 1,048,576 sheets!

Right, we all (or most of us) know that. But let’s say you have added tens of sheets to your book. Now how can you distinguish them🤔

By name. The tutorial below will teach you how to rename sheets in Excel. So let’s dive in straight now.

Rename sheet tab

Here is an Excel file with three sheets to it.

Unnamed sheets / Sheet tabs in Excel

Whenever you add a new sheet to Excel, it is named “Sheet + the next serial number” by default.

So we have Sheet1, Sheet2, and Sheet3 in our workbook here. Let’s begin renaming them.

Here we go🚀

  1. Right-click on the sheet tab for the sheet that you want to rename.

We are renaming Sheet 1 right now.

double click to launch sheet options

You’d see a context menu of options launches.

  1. From this menu, select the option Rename.
Select Rename sheet command
  1. Now type in the sheet tab to rename the sheet.

We are setting the name of the sheet to Spreadsheeto. You can set it to anything✍

Typing sheet name
  1. Once you’re done typing, hit enter or click anywhere away from the sheet tab.
Sheet names

There you go! The sheet is now renamed as Spreadsheeto. That was easy💪

You cannot name multiple sheets in Excel by the same name. That also means that you cannot rename multiple sheets (or all the sheets) simultaneously.

Kasper Langmann, Microsoft Office Specialist

For example, if I try to rename Sheet2 as Spreadsheeto too, Excel will raise the following prompt🚩

Same above code name prompt

Pro Tip!

The keyboard shortcut to rename sheets in Excel is as follows:

Press the Alt Key > H > O > R

That’s it – Now what?

Hope you enjoyed and found renaming sheets in Microsoft Excel easy. It’s only a matter of a few clicks.

With this, let me tell you there’s so much more that you can do in Excel using the features, tools, and functions offered by Excel✌

The VLOOKUP, SUMIF, and IF functions are some of the most dynamic functions of Excel that’ll help you work out big datasets.

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Other resources

After you’ve renamed sheets in Excel, declutter your workbook by hiding the sheets you don’t need to see at the moment.

Or if you no longer need those sheets, just delete them. Learn to hide and delete sheets in Excel in our blog here.