Tom’s Tutorials for Excel: How to Create or Replace a Worksheet

Tom’s Tutorials for Excel: How to verify a worksheet exists, create if not.
The following examples show how to determine if a worksheet exists, and then how to create or replace the worksheet

Determining if a Worksheet Exists

This example shows how to determine if a worksheet named “Sheet4” exists by using the Name property of the Worksheet object. The name of the worksheet is specified by the mySheetName variable.

Sub TestSheetYesNo()
Dim mySheetName As String, mySheetNameTest As String
mySheetName = "Sheet4"
On Error Resume Next
mySheetNameTest = Worksheets(mySheetName).Name
If Err.Number = 0 Then
MsgBox "The sheet named ''" & mySheetName & "'' DOES exist in this workbook."
Else
Err.Clear
MsgBox "The sheet named ''" & mySheetName & "'' does NOT exist in this workbook."
End If
End Sub

Creating the Worksheet
This example shows how to determine if a worksheet named “Sheet4” exists. If the worksheet does not exist, is is created using the Add method of the Worksheets object.

Sub TestSheetCreate()
Dim mySheetName As String, mySheetNameTest As String
mySheetName = "Sheet4"
On Error Resume Next
mySheetNameTest = Worksheets(mySheetName).Name

If Err.Number = 0 Then
MsgBox "The sheet named ''" & mySheetName & "'' DOES exist in this workbook."
Else
Err.Clear
Worksheets.Add.Name = mySheetName
MsgBox "The sheet named ''" & mySheetName & "'' did not exist in this workbook but it has been created now."
End If
End Sub

Replacing the Worksheet
This example shows how to determine if a worksheet named “Sheet4” exists. If the worksheet does exist, it is replaced with a new worksheet of the same name, for cases when you want to start off with a clean slate.

Sub TestSheetReplace()
Dim mySheetName As String
mySheetName = "Sheet4"
Application.DisplayAlerts = False
On Error Resume Next
Worksheets(mySheetName).Delete
Err.Clear
Application.DisplayAlerts = True
Worksheets.Add.Name = mySheetName
MsgBox "The sheet named ''" & mySheetName & "'' has been replaced."
End Sub
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