Quick, clean, and to the point

List sheet index numbers

Excel formula: List sheet index numbers
Generic formula 

To list the index numbers of sheets in an Excel workbook, you can enter the sheet names, then use a formula based on the SHEET and INDIRECT functions. In the example shown, the formula in C5 is:


The INDIRECT function tries to evaluate text as a valid reference. In this case, the sheet name is pulled from column B and concatenated with an exclamation point and the text A1:


The INDIRECT function then coerces the text "Sheet1!A1" into a valid reference, which is passed into the SHEET function.

The SHEET function then returns the current index for each sheet as listed.

Dave Bruns

Excel Formula Training

Formulas are the key to getting things done in Excel. In this accelerated training, you'll learn how to use formulas to manipulate text, work with dates and times, lookup values with VLOOKUP and INDEX & MATCH, count and sum with criteria, dynamically rank values, and create dynamic ranges. You'll also learn how to troubleshoot, trace errors, and fix problems. Instant access. See details here.

Download 100+ Important Excel Functions

Get over 100 Excel Functions you should know in one handy PDF.