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Excel can be tough to learn if you’re a complete beginner, even with helpful tips and tricks. It gets even more complicated when you start throwing multiple worksheets into the mix.
Indeed, look at the bottom and you’ll see a tab bar where you can switch between sheets. This is even more evident if you ever download premade Excel templates off the web. So here are some tips to help you out.
1. Rename worksheet tabs. You’ll drive yourself crazy if you leave your sheets titled as Sheet1, Sheet2, Sheet3, etc. Be short but descriptive, like the tab names in the screenshot above. To rename, double-click the tab.
2. Navigate worksheet tabs. When you have too many tabs, or when your tab names are too long, the tabs won’t all fit on the screen so you’ll have to navigate between them. You can do this in two ways.
First, use the arrow buttons at the bottom left of Excel to move one tab to the left or to the right. The more convenient method, at least to me, is to click the … button on either side. The … signifies that more tabs are hidden on that side of the navigation.
3. Color code tabs. When you have a lot of tabs, color-coding them can help you pick out the ones you need at a glance. Use hotter colors (like red) for frequently-used sheets and colder colors (like blue) for less-used sheets.
To change a sheet’s color, right-click the tab and select Tab Color > Any of the available colors. Input a custom color if you want, but I rarely find that necessary.
Got any other tips for managing tabs and worksheets in Excel? Share them with us in the comments below!