Split a workbook in Excel

Convert worksheets into workbooks with ease

No more manual copy-pasting—a time-saving tool for copying Excel sheets to new workbooks is in. With the Split Workbook add-in, you can select the necessary worksheets and they will automatically form new workbooks either individually or in groups. Just make up your mind about the desired result ;)

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Automate splitting large Excel files

Let the tool split your workbook in the way that is best suited for your task: sheet by sheet or group by group.

Filter and group sheets in no time

Find the worksheets you need by applying a filter. Get worksheets copied together by their order or substrings in their tabs.

How to split an Excel workbook into multiple worksheets

Think of the result you want to get and select the corresponding option
Think of the result you want to get and select the corresponding option
Decide on the workbooks to be created
Decide on the workbooks to be created
Choose a destination folder for your new workbooks
Choose a destination folder for your new workbooks
Get a message saying what has been done
Get a message saying what has been done

Frequently asked questions

Will my Excel workbook—the one I'm going to split—change because of splitting?

No, it won't. It will stay the same.

Some sheets in the workbook I'd like to split are protected. Is this an obstacle to splitting?

Definitely not. Protected sheets can be processed. If selected, they will be copied to new workbooks. Sheet protection will be preserved.

What if the names of the files that are going to be created by Split Workbook and the names of the files that the destination folder contains coincide?

In this case, to prevent a mix-up, the tool offers to change the names of the files to be created by adding a timestamp to them. If you don't like the idea, you can keep those names as they are, and the files that you have in the destination folder will be replaced with the new ones.

I have some macros in the workbook that I want to split. Will they be copied to new workbooks?

No, macros won't be copied, and, as a result, both formatting and data that rely on those macros will be missing from the new workbooks.

What about external references? I actively use references to other worksheets when working in Excel. What happens to them after splitting?

References to other workbooks will work as expected. As for references to other worksheets, to make it possible for them to do their job in new workbooks, you need to select the source worksheets for being copied as well. By the way, if you have workbooks with external references to the workbook you're going to split and want them to be linked to the resulting workbooks instead, you'll have to change the file paths.

We would also recommend checking charts and pivot tables copied to new workbooks.

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