How to Delete a Sheet in Excel

The steps in this article are going to show you how to delete an Excel worksheet from a workbook in Microsoft Excel for Office 365. We will go over the process briefly at the start of the article, then we will continue below with additional information and pictures for the steps.

  1. Open the Excel workbook file.
  2. Locate the worksheet tab at the bottom of the window.
  3. Right-click the tab, then choose the Delete option.
  4. Click the Delete button to confirm the permanent deletion of the worksheet.

When you first start working with Microsoft Excel, some of the terminology can be a little confusing. Perhaps one of the biggest sources of this confusion comes with the different between worksheets and workbooks. A workbook is the actual Excel file, while worksheets are contained within the workbook. You can add or delete worksheets as needed.

Microsoft Excel provides you with a number of different options concerning the worksheets contained within your workbook file. Most of these options are located at the bottom of the window, below the cells of the currently-active worksheet. There’s a + button that you can click to create a new worksheet, but you may notice that there isn’t a – button or anything else obvious that would serve as a “delete sheet” option. Luckily you can delete sheets from Microsoft Excel by following our guide below.

How to Delete a Worksheet from a Workbook in Microsoft Excel for Office 365

The steps in this article were performed in the Excel for Office 365 version of the application. However, these steps will also work for most of the other earlier versions of Excel found in earlier versions of Microsoft Office as well.

Step 1: Open your Microsoft Excel workbook containing the worksheet that you would like to delete.

Step 2: Find the worksheet tabs at the bottom of the window, below your cells.

locate your worksheet tabs

Step 3: Right-click the sheet to delete, then choose the Delete option.

how to delete a sheet in Excel

Step 4: Click the Delete button to permanently delete the worksheet and the data contained within it.

click Delete to confirm

Alternatively you can delete a sheet from Excel by selecting the sheet tab to delete, clicking the Home tab at the top of the window, then clicking the Delete button in the Cells section of the ribbon and choosing the Delete Sheet option.

alternate method for deleting worksheets in Excel

Note that there are several other options available on that right-click menu, including an Insert option. You can use this as an alternative Insert Sheet method, or you can use it to insert a worksheet template. There is also a Rename option on that menu that you can use to give your sheets better names that the default Sheet1, Sheet2, etc. options that Microsoft gives to new worksheets by default.

If you’re a fan of keyboard shortcuts, then there is one that you can use to delete Excel sheets. Simply select the sheets you want to delete, press Alt + E on your keyboard, then press the L key. You can then press Enter on your keyboard to confirm the deletion, or you can click the Delete button in the dialog box that pops up at the center of the window.

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