How to Use the Excel New Sheet Shortcut

Microsoft Excel has a lot of shortcuts built into the application that you can use when you want to accomplish a specific task.

One particular thing that you may want to do is add a new worksheet to your existing workbook.

The steps in this guide are going to show you how to use a keyboard shortcut to create a new worksheet in Microsoft Excel.

  • An Excel workbook is the Excel file itself, while an Excel worksheet is a single spreadsheet within that workbook.
  • You can switch between worksheets in Excel by clicking the file tabs at the bottom of the window.

The Excel new sheet shortcut is Shift + F11.

Alternatively, you can create a new Excel worksheet with another shortcut, which is Alt + Shift + F1.

So if you would like to know more about creating a new worksheet in Excel using only keyboard shortcuts, then you can continue reading our article below.

How to Use a Keyboard Shortcut to Add a New Worksheet in Excel

  1. Open the Excel workbook.
  2. Press Shift + F11 on your keyboard (or press Alt + Shift + F1.)

Our guide continues below with additional information about how to use the Excel new sheet shortcut, including pictures of these steps.

if you are going to be adding a lot of worksheets to your Excel workbook, then the keyboard shortcut method is probably the fastest, but it is a somewhat awkward shortcut to remember, so clicking a button at the bottom of the window, which we discuss below, might be a preferable way to add a new sheet,

How to Create a New Worksheet in Microsoft Excel Without the Shortcut (Guide with Pictures)

The steps in this article were performed in the Microsoft Excel 365 version of the application, but will work in most other versions of Excel as well.

If you would like to create a new worksheet in Excel without using a keyboard shortcut, then simply click the + button at the bottom of the window, to the right of the last sheet tab.

Excel new sheet shortcut

Note that worksheets created with the keyboard shortcut or by clicking the + sign will use the naming convention of SheetX, where X is 1 + the current number of worksheets.

To rename a worksheet, right-click on the worksheet tab at the bottom of the window, then choose the Rename option.

how to rename a worksheet in Microsoft Excel

As you start to insert multiple worksheets alongside your existing worksheets, being able to give those sheets more descriptive names can be very useful. Not just for you while you are editing your data, but for anyone else that needs to look at work with the file.

Note that there are other options on that shortcut menu, including Delete, Hide, and Tab Color, which allow you to further customize your worksheets.

More Information About the Add New Sheet Excel Shortcut

As you can see from the information in the article above, there is more than one way to add new sheet tabs to your Excel file.

In addition to the options that we have outlined above, another insert worksheet tab method that you might want to utilize involves selecting the Home tab at the top of the window, then clicking the Insert button in the Cells group of the ribbon, and selecting the Insert Sheet option.

While there isn’t an Insert dialog box that you can use to add new elements to your worksheet, having this breadth of options for adding new worksheets to your workbook will hopefully give you an option makes it easy for you to get the desired layout for your data.

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