How to Copy Sheet in Excel?

Top 5 Different Ways to Copy or Move Sheets in Excel

Below are the 5 ways of copying a sheet in Excel.

  1. By using the dragging method
  2. By using the right-click method
  3. Copy a sheet by using Excel RibbonUsing Excel RibbonRibbons in Excel 2016 are designed to help you easily locate the command you want to use. Ribbons are organized into logical groups called Tabs, each of which has its own set of functions.read more
  4. Copy Sheet from Another Workbook
  5. Copy Multiple Sheets in Excel

#1 Copy Sheet by Dragging Method

As per our understanding, drag & drop means to move something from one place to another. This method is very easy, and the fastest way of copying the sheet.

Below are the steps for copying a sheet by using a dragging method:

  1. Click on the sheet tab (Sheet1) that you want to copy. Refer to the below screenshot.


    Copy sheet Example 1

  2. Press the CTRL key and drag the Sheet1 where you want to place it then, this will create a copy of the Sheet1 with the name of Sheet1 (2) as per the below screenshot.


    Copy sheet Example 1-1

#2 Copy Sheet by Right- Click

This is also the easiest way to copying or making a duplicate sheet in excel using a mouse. Below are the steps:

  • Step 1: Right-click on the sheet tab. It will open a drop-down list of options. Click on the Move or Copy option from the drop-down list.
Copy sheet Example 1-2
  • Step 2: This will again open the Move or Copy dialog box. Refer to the below screenshot.
Copy sheet Example 1-3
  • Step 3: Select the option under the Before Sheet section, where you want to move or copy the sheet (Sheet1). Here I want to copy the sheet at the end of the sheets hence selected the last option, which is a move to end. Tick on the box “Create a copy.” Click on OK.
Copy sheet Example 1-4
  • Step 4: It will create a copy of Sheet1 like the below screenshot.
Copy sheet Example 1-5

#3 Copy a Sheet by Using Excel Ribbon

For copying a sheet by using this method, follow the below steps:

  • Step 1: Go to the HOME tab. Click on the FORMAT option under the Cells section shown as below screenshot (denoted by a red box).
Copy sheet Example 3
  • Step 2: This will open a drop-down list of options. Click on the Move or Copy Sheet option, as shown in the below screenshot.
Copy sheet Example 3-1
  • Step 3: This will again open a Move or Copy dialog box, as shown below.
Copy sheet Example 3-2

Follow the same steps which we followed under the Copy sheet by Right–click section.

#4 Copy Excel Sheet from Another Workbook

If we have done some work on the Excel workbook and have to share some part of it or one sheet with someone. We don’t want to share the whole workbook with him due to some critical and confidential information. In that case, we can use this option of copying the sheet from our workbook into a separate workbook.

The steps are the same, which we learned in the above section.

  • Step 1: Right-click on the sheet tab which you want to copy and then choose the option Move or Copy from the drop-down list.
Example 4
  • Step 2: Again, the Move or Copy dialog box will appear as shown in the below screenshot. Click on “To Book” and select the target file.
Example 4-1
  • Step 3: To copy the sheet into a new workbook, select a new book then, Under Before sheet section, choose the destination where you want to place a copy of the sheet. Also, tick on Create a copy checkbox then, Click on OK.
Example 4-2

#5 Copy Multiple Sheets in Excel

We also can copy multiple excel sheets. Follow the below steps:

  • Step 1: For selecting adjacent sheets, click on the first sheet tab, press the SHIFT key, and click on the last sheet tab.
Example 5
  • Step 2: For alternate or non-adjacent sheets, click on the first sheet tab, press the CTRL key and click the other sheets tab one by one, which you want to copy.
Example 5-1
  • Step 3: After selecting multiple sheets, do a right-click. A dropdown list will open. Choose the Move or Copy option. Follow the same steps, as we discussed in the above section.

Things to Remember

  • When we open the Move or Copy dialog box, under the “To book” section, Excel displays only the open workbooks in the drop-down list. Hence open the destination workbook before copying the sheet.

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