How To Change The Default Number Of Sheets In A New Workbook


When you open a new Excel workbook, you’ll most likely see 3 blank sheets in the workbook. This is the default for Excel, but you can change this to whatever your preference is. I like to set it to one sheet, that way I don’t have to worry about leaving blank sheets in a workbook.



Change the default number of sheets in a new workbook.

  1. Go to the File tab.
  2. Select Options from the menu.
  3. Select General from the Excel Options window.
  4. Change the number of sheets in the Include this many sheets field to your preference using the Up or Down arrows.
  5. Press the OK button.

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John MacDougall

John MacDougall

John is a Microsoft MVP and freelance consultant and trainer specializing in Excel, Power BI, Power Automate, Power Apps and SharePoint. You can find other interesting articles from John on his blog or YouTube channel.


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