Excel Tips: How to Quickly Duplicate a Sheet

Lesson 6: How to Quickly Duplicate a Sheet


How to quickly duplicate a sheet

When creating a new worksheet, you may not always want to start from a blank sheet. It's often better to duplicate an existing sheet instead, and there's a quick shortcut that can help with this. Simply hold down the Ctrl key; then click and drag the sheet's tab where you want the copy to go.

Take a look at the video below to see exactly how this works. 


  1. In your Excel spreadsheet, locate the specific sheet that you want to duplicate.
  2. Hold down the Ctrl key on your keyboard.
  3. Click and drag the sheet tab that you want to duplicate to the right or left.
  4. When you release the mouse button, this will create an exact copy of the sheet.
  5. If you want to clear the data from the duplicated sheet, select the cells that contain the data. Press the Delete key on your keyboard.
  6. If you want to keep certain cells that contain formulas or other important information, simply deselect those cells before pressing the Delete key.
  7. Now you have a new sheet that is ready to be used!

If you’re designing a number of documents that are similar, like forms or invoices, this can definitely be a helpful trick. Continue on to the next lesson to learn how to jump to any sheet using a shortcut.