How to Change a Tab Name in Excel 2016

Excel worksheets can have a lot of tabs. You may be used to seeing some spreadsheets with a handful of sheets, especially since some Excel versions include 3 sheets by default, but it is common for some users to have dozens of sheets.

When you are working with a large, multi-worksheet Excel workbook, properly naming your cells becomes incredibly important. The default naming structure of Sheet1, Sheet2, etc. becomes unhelpful, and finding the correct data ca be cumbersome. Fortunately you are able to rename worksheet tabs in Excel 2016 and make it much easier to find the sheet that you need.


How to Change the Name of a Worksheet Tab in Excel 2016

The steps in this article will show you how to change the name of a worksheet tab. If you have any formulas in your spreadsheet that reference a cell on that worksheet, those formulas will update automatically with the new tab name.

Step 1: Open your spreadsheet in Excel 2016.


Step 2: Locate the worksheet tab that you want to rename at the bottom of the window.

find the worksheet tabs in excel 2016



Step 3: Right-click on the tab that you want to rename, then select the Rename option from the menu.

how to rename a tab in excel 2016



Step 4: Type the desired name for the tab, then press Enter on your keyboard.

enter the new name for the excel tab



Note that you can also elect to rename an Excel tab by selecting the Home tab, clicking the Format button in the Cells section of the ribbon, then choosing the Rename Sheet option from that menu.

alternate method for renaming excel tab



One of the best things that you can do when you print a spreadsheet in Excel 2016 is to change some settings to make your data easier to read on paper. One such change involves repeating the top row on every page. This makes it easier for readers to identify columns, and reduces the likelihood that they will identify a cell’s column incorrectly.