How to Use the Excel New Sheet Shortcut

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 want to create a new worksheet in Excel using only keyboard shortcuts, then you would complete the following steps:

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

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.

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

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

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