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Add New Worksheet Tabs With A Range Of Sheet Names

By Chris Newman •  Updated: 05/23/15 •  4 min read
VBA Macro Code Create New worksheets with Table Cells

What This VBA Code Does

This VBA macro will take a list of sheet names within an Excel table and create a new sheet for any worksheet that does not currently exist (renaming the new worksheet as well). This macro uses a function I created called SheetExists, which determines if the sheet already exists in the active workbook. Make sure to include both pieces of code in your VBA project before trying to execute it. Enjoy!

A special thanks to a friend from 'Down Under' for the inspiration to write this code

Sub CreateSheetsFromList()
'PURPOSE: Create new worksheets from a list of names within a table
'SOURCE: www.TheSpreadsheetGuru.com/the-code-vault

Dim NewSheet As Worksheet
Dim x As Integer
Dim tbl As ListObject
Dim cell As Range

'Opitimize Code
  Application.ScreenUpdating = False

'Store table in a variable
  Set tbl = Worksheets("Sheet1").ListObjects("Table1")

'Create a new worksheet for every name inside the table
  For Each cell In tbl.DataBodyRange.Cells
    If SheetExists(cell.Value) = False And cell.Value <> "" Then
      Set NewSheet = Sheets.Add(after:=Sheets(Sheets.Count))
      NewSheet.Name = cell.Value
    End If
  Next cell

'Opitimize Code
  Application.ScreenUpdating = True
  
End Sub

Function To Test If Tab Already Exists

To go along with the subroutine above, I used a function (shown below) to test if the worksheet name already exists. You will need to paste this VBA function below the CreateSheetsFromList macro.

Function SheetExists(SheetName As String) As Boolean
'PURPOSE: Determine is a worksheet exists in the ActiveWorkbook
'SOURCE: www.TheSpreadsheetGuru.com/the-code-vault

Dim sht As Worksheet

'Test if sheet can be found
  On Error Resume Next
    Set sht = ActiveWorkbook.Worksheets(SheetName)
  On Error GoTo 0

'Determine function result
  If Not sht Is Nothing Then SheetExists = True

'Clear Memory
  Set sht = Nothing

End Function

Using VBA Code Found On The Internet

Now that you’ve found some VBA code that could potentially solve your Excel automation problem, what do you do with it? If you don’t necessarily want to learn how to code VBA and are just looking for the fastest way to implement this code into your spreadsheet, I wrote an article (with video) that explains how to get the VBA code you’ve found running on your spreadsheet.

Getting Started Automating Excel

Are you new to VBA and not sure where to begin? Check out my quickstart guide to learning VBA. This article won’t overwhelm you with fancy coding jargon, as it provides you with a simplistic and straightforward approach to the basic things I wish I knew when trying to teach myself how to automate tasks in Excel with VBA Macros.

Also, if you haven’t checked out Excel’s latest automation feature called Power Query, I have put together a beginner’s guide for automating with Excel’s Power Query feature as well! This little-known built-in Excel feature allows you to merge and clean data automatically with little to no coding!

How Do I Modify This To Fit My Specific Needs?

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I wish you the best of luck and I hope this tutorial gets you heading in the right direction!

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Chris Newman

Chris Newman

Chris is a finance professional and Excel MVP recognized by Microsoft since 2016. With his expertise, he founded TheSpreadsheetGuru blog to help fellow Excel users, where he shares his vast creative solutions & expertise. In addition, he has developed over 7 widely-used Excel Add-ins that have been embraced by individuals and companies worldwide.