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How to Perform Tab Navigation in Excel (7 Effective Ways)

In this article, we will show multiple ways to perform Tab Navigation in Excel. Users often need to switch between worksheets while working in a workbook. Often, they tend to switch in ineffective ways that cost them their valuable time. We will explore different ways to navigate between tabs.


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7 Ways to Perform Tab Navigation in Excel

In this article, we will explore 7 ways to perform Tab Navigation in Excel. Firstly, we will apply Left-Click on the mouse to navigate the tabs. Secondly, we will use a Keyboard Shortcut. Thirdly, we will use the Activate Sheet option to see the list of the sheets and then switch between them. Fourthly, we will use the Navigation Pane to do the job. Next, we will apply Hyperlink. Then, we will use the Name Box to switch between sheets. Finally, we will use the Go To dialogue box to perform Tab Navigation in Excel. Here, we have a workbook that contains 3 sheets namely: Employee Info, Revenue, and Profit. We will switch between these sheets by using different methods.

excel tab navigation


1. Clicking on Sheet Name

This is the most common method to perform Tab Navigation in Excel. Here, we will switch sheets by left clicking on the sheet names.

Steps:

  • To begin with, place the cursor on the name of the desired worksheet.
  • Here, we will place the cursor on the Revenue tab.
  • Then, left click on it.

clicking on sheet name to perform tab navigation in excel

  • As a result, the Revenue sheet will be the active sheet.

clicking on sheet name to perform tab navigation in excel

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2. Using Keyboard Shortcut to Navigate Excel Tab

In this instance, we will use a simple keyboard shortcut to do Tab Navigation in Excel. This is the quickest method to complete the task.

Steps:

  • To start with, press Ctrl+Pgdn to move to the right.
  • Here, we will press Ctrl+Pgdn on the Employee Info tab

using keyboard shortcut to perform tab navigation in excel

  • As a result, we will go from the Employee Info to the Revenue sheet.

using keyboard shortcut to perform tab navigation in excel

  • Next, press Ctrl+Pgup on the Revenue tab.

using keyboard shortcut to perform tab navigation in excel

  • Consequently, we will go left on the Employee Info sheet.

Read More: How to Use Navigation Keys in Excel (6 Examples with Shortcuts)


3. Implementing Activate Sheet Option

Here, we will use the Activate Sheet option to perform Tab Navigation. We will have the list of the name of the sheets as we open the Activate Sheet option. Then, we will be able to navigate between sheets.

Steps:

  • Firstly, go to the Activate Sheet option to the bottom left corner of the sheet.
  • Then, right -click on it.

implementing activate sheet option to perform tab navigation in excel

  • As a result, a list of the existing sheets of the workbook will be on the screen.
  • Now, select your preferred list and press OK.

implementing activate sheet option to perform tab navigation in excel

  • Consequently, Excel will take us to our desired sheet.

implementing activate sheet option to perform tab navigation in excel

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4. Applying Hyperlink to Navigate Tabs in Excel

In this method, we will apply the link of a sheet in a cell value of another sheet to connect the two sheets. As we click on that cell value, Excel will take us to that linked sheet.

Steps:

  • To start with, right-click on the F5 cell.
  • Next, select Link from the prevailing options.
  • As a result, a prompt will be opened.

applying hyperlink to perform tab navigation in excel

  • In the prompt, first choose Place in This Document.
  • Then, write B2 in the Type the cell reference box.
  • After that, click on the desired sheet that you want to link.
  • Here, we will choose the Revenue sheet.
  • Finally, click on OK.
  • As a result, the two sheets will be linked together.

applying hyperlink to perform tab navigation in excel

  • Now, click on the value in the F5 cell.

applying hyperlink to perform tab navigation in excel

  • As a result, Excel will take us to the Revenue sheet.

applying hyperlink to perform tab navigation in excel


5. Utilizing Navigation Pane

In this instance, we will explore the Navigation pane to get the job done. Here too we will get a list of the sheets of the workbook that we are working in.

Steps:

  • Firstly, go to the View tab.
  • Secondly, select the Navigation command under the Show option.
  • As a result, the list of the prevailing worksheets will appear to the right side of the active sheet.

  • Next, click on the sheet where you want to go.

  • Consequently, we will end up in that sheet.

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6. Using Name Box to Navigate Tabs

We specify the name of a cell or a cell range in the Name Box. Here, we will name one cell per sheet in the Name Box. Then, we will use the box to perform Tab Navigation in Excel.

Steps:

  • At the start, select the B2 cell in the Employee Info sheet.
  • Then, go to the Name Box and define the name as EmployeeInfoB2.
  • Hit Enter.

  • Next, select the B2 cell from the Revenue sheet and name it RevenueB2.

  • Finally, name the B2 cell of the Profit sheet as ProfitB2 in the Name Box.

  • Now, go to the Name Box from the Employee Info sheet and click on the drop-down sign.
  • As a result, we will see the names that we have defined in the drop-down list.
  • Now, click on the RevenueB2 option from the drop-down.

  • As a result, Excel will take us to the B2 cell of the Revenue sheet.


7. Utilizing Go To Dialogue Box

In the final method, we will use the Go To option to do Tab Navigation in Excel. The Go To dialogue box will require the cell reference of the sheet that we want to navigate and will take us to the sheet as we execute the command.

Steps:

  • Firstly, go to the Home tab.
  • Secondly, select Find & Select from the Editing group.
  • Thirdly, from the drop-down list, choose Go To.
  • As a result, a prompt will be on the screen.

  • In the prompt, type “Revenue!B2”.
  • Then, click on OK.

  • Consequently, we will end up in the B2 cell of the Revenue sheet.


Conclusion

In this article, we have talked about 7 ways to perform Tab Navigation in Excel. These methods will allow users to switch between tabs easily and efficiently. If you have any questions regarding this essay, feel free to let us know in the comments. Also, if you want to see more Excel content like this, please visit our website Exceldemy.Com and unlock a great resource for Excel-related content.


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Adnan Masruf

Adnan Masruf

I am an engineering graduate. I graduated from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology(BUET), one of the top universities in Bangladesh from department of Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering with a major in structure. I am an avid reader of fiction especially fantasy. I also keep myself abreast of the recent developments in science and technology. I believe diligence will eventually pay off and luck tends to favor those who work hard.

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