Create An Index Of Your Excel Worksheets

If your Excel workbook contains numerous worksheets, you can end up spending a good deal of time searching through them to find the one you are looking for. Why not optimize your time and create an index sheet that has links to all the worksheets. This way when you are looking for a specific worksheet, you can reference the index sheet instead of clicking through all the worksheets.

You can create an index by following the procedure described below:

1. Open your Excel workbook.
2. Insert a new worksheet at the beginning of the workbook. To do this, right click the first worksheet and click Insert. Select worksheet and click OK.
3. Right click the new worksheet and click Rename. Type in Index and press Enter.
4. Click the Tools menu, point to Macros, and click Visual Basic Editor.
5. Click Sheet1 (Index) and from the View menu click Code.
6. Paste the following code in:

Private Sub Worksheet_Activate()
Dim wSheet As Worksheet
Dim M As Long
M = 1
With Me
.Columns(1).ClearContents
.Cells(1, 1) = “INDEX”
.Cells(1, 1).Name = “Index”
End With

For Each wSheet In Worksheets

M = M + 1
With wSheet
.Range(“H1”).Name = “Start” & wSheet.Index
.Hyperlinks.Add Anchor:=.Range(“H1″), Address:=””, SubAddress:=”Index”, TextToDisplay:=”Back to Index”
End With
Me.Hyperlinks.Add Anchor:=Me.Cells(M, 1), Address:=””, SubAddress:=”Start” & wSheet.Index, TextToDisplay:=wSheet.Name

Next wSheet

End Sub

7. Click the Excel icon on the toolbar.
8. Save the Excel workbook and close it.

When you reopen the workbook, the index should be listed with links to all the worksheets. Each worksheet will also contain a link that will return you to the Index worksheet.

Courtesy: Diana Huggings

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