## Summary

The Excel SHEETS function returns the total number of sheets in a given reference. When no arguments are supplied SHEETS returns the total number of sheets in the workbook.

## Purpose

Get number of sheets in a reference

Sheet count

## Syntax

``=SHEETS([reference])``
• reference - [optional] A valid Excel reference.

## How to use

The SHEETS function returns the total number of sheets in a given reference. SHEETS takes one argument, reference, which should be a cell reference, or a 3D reference. When no references are supplied SHEETS returns the total number of sheets in the workbook. The SHEETS function includes hidden sheets.

### Examples

For example, in a workbook that contains 5 sheets, the following formula will return 5:

``````=SHEETS()
``````

SHEETS can be used to report the sheet count in 3D references as well. For example, in a workbook with three sheets (Sheet1 through Sheet3) in numeric order, the formulas below return results as shown:

``````=SHEETS(Sheet1:Sheet1!A1) // returns 1
=SHEETS(Sheet1:Sheet2!A1) // returns 2
=SHEETS(Sheet1:Sheet3!A1) // returns 3
``````

### Notes

• If the reference is omitted, SHEETS returns the total sheets in a workbook.
• SHEETS includes hidden sheets in the count.
• SHEETS will report sheet count in 3D references.
• The SHEET function returns the index of a sheet. SHEETS returns a count.

Author

### Dave Bruns

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