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Quick and Complete Worksheet Copying

Tuesday, November 16th, 2004 by | Filed Under: MS Excel

Quick and Complete Worksheet Copying

Ever try to copy an Excel worksheet formatting, data, header, footer and all?

Most Excel users have tried at one time or another. Often when I talk to people, I find that they have varying levels of success. Some can copy only the data. Others have a little more success and can get the data and the formatting copied to a new sheet.

The elusive golden ring is to get the whole worksheet copied to a new sheet. I mean EVERYTHING (including the kitchen sinkOK, maybe not quite the sink, but you get the idea).

Well, here’s your map to finding the golden ring.

To begin an entire-worksheet copy, move your cursor over the sheet name tabs and right-click on the tab of the sheet to be duplicated.


A right click menu will pop open.

From the menu select the Move or Copy… option.


The Move or Copy window will appear and offers you several options.


The top drop-down box allows you to choose where the worksheet, or its copy, will end up. If you want a copy to be put into a different file, or “Book,” you will need to open the other file too, before you right click.

The second box lists all the sheets in the current workbook. Select the sheet that you wish to copy.

Just one more quick thing: check the “Create a copy” box. (If you don’t then the worksheet will be moved, not copied.)

Click “OK”.

That’s it! You’ll now have an exact duplicate of the worksheet in the file or sheet you selected.

OK, so you caught me!

There is one difference that I could find. The worksheet copy has a slightly different name. (It is now named whatever the original was named with a (2) at the end.) Just rename the worksheet and you’re on your merry way.

~ April

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