A Cool Tip For Quickly Navigating Worksheets

A Cool Tip For Quickly Navigating Worksheets

AUTHOR:  JASON MORRELL 

Jason Morrell

This is a very short post to reveal a hidden secret within the nav buttons in Excel. The nav buttons only come into play when you have lots of worksheet tabs that disappear behind the scroll bar.

1.  Where to find 'Nav Buttons'

Down in the bottom left corner of the screen to the left of the worksheet tabs, you’ll find the worksheet navigation buttons.

These nav buttons come into play when you create so many worksheet tabs that they disappear behind the scroll bar divider.

Here’s what they looked like in Excel 2010 (and all prior versions).

Worksheet navigation buttons in Excel 2010

Figure 01: Worksheet navigation buttons in Excel 2010

Working from left-to right, the 4 icons perform the following functions:

1.  Go to the first worksheet tab.

2.  Go to the previous worksheet tab.

3.  Go to the next worksheet tab.

4.  Go to the last worksheet tab.

In modern versions of Excel you get just 2 icons which show the previous or next tabs. 

Worksheet navigation buttons in Excel 2013 onwards

Figure 02: Worksheet navigation buttons in Excel 2013 onwards

To get to the first or last tabs you have to hold down CTRL then click the arrows.

2. Clever worksheet tab navigation tricks

Here’s a clever little trick that us Excel geeks normally keep to ourselves. It works on any version of Excel.

If you right-click either of the navigation icons, Excel displays a pop up list of all the worksheet names. You can use this list like a menu and select the worksheet you want to go to.

Here’s some other tricks for worksheet tabs ...

Things you can do with the worksheet tabs

Figure 03: Things you can do with the worksheet tabs

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Jason loves to simplify the hard stuff, cut the fluff and share what actually works. Things that make a difference. Things that slash hours from your daily work tasks. He runs a software training business in Queensland, Australia, lives on the Gold Coast with his wife and 4 kids and often talks about himself in the third person!

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