Split Excel Worksheets to Individual Files

Earlier today I found myself putting a lot of data into a workbook with multiple worksheets within it, what I wanted to do was create an individual Excel file for each of the worksheets – perhaps you have been in a position like this yourself?

The good news, it’s very easy to do.  I came across the VBA script below and don’t take any credit for it – follow my short instructions below and you’ll find this is a very straight forward procedure.  Note this is for Microsoft Excel and does not require any third party software.

  1. Create a new folder and save your master document in there.
  2. With the document open, name each sheet the name you’d like each file to be called.
  3. Once ready, hold the ALT key on your keyboard and press F11.
  4. On the Visual Basic window, select Insert > Module.
  5. Paste the VBA script shown below.
  6. Press the F5 key on your keyboard.
  7. Job done!
Sub Splitbook()
MyPath = ThisWorkbook.Path
For Each sht In ThisWorkbook.Sheets
ActiveSheet.Cells.PasteSpecial Paste:=xlPasteValues
ActiveSheet.Cells.PasteSpecial Paste:=xlPasteFormats
ActiveWorkbook.SaveAs _
Filename:=MyPath & “\” & sht.Name & “.xls”
ActiveWorkbook.Close savechanges:=False
Next sht
End Sub


Note on the fourth line from the bottom, change the .xls to .xlsx if you are working with a newer Excel format.
When I have some time, I’ll create a video demonstrating this.


  1. Nelson Cruz

    4th April 2014 - 16:58

    This was very helpful information, Thank you.
    Do you know how i can solve this same issue in Excel 2011 for Mac OSX?


  2. Dena Paolucci

    13th May 2014 - 19:59

    This was great – you just helped me create 56 files out of one workbook. Thank you!

    The only glitch I ran into was that formulas from the original workbook didn't copy over into the new files. Is there something I can add to the VBA script that will keep the formulas intact?


    • Mili

      28th January 2017 - 17:16

      Same question here. I don’t see where he provided an answer 🙁

  3. Anonymous

    6th September 2014 - 05:01


  4. Anonymous

    26th September 2014 - 16:30

    Doesn't work because of syntax error at : Filename:=MyPath & “” & sht.Name & “.xlsx”

  5. Anonymous

    8th January 2015 - 19:21

    Hi, Chris — This worked like a charm, I can't thank you enough. Carolyn

  6. Anonymous

    16th January 2015 - 18:27

    Awesome! I just stripped 90 tabs to 90 files. Appreciated!


  7. 9thirty5

    25th January 2015 - 09:02

    it works great except the sheets can't be protected. how can i make it work on protected sheets? thanks! John

  8. Anonymous

    23rd April 2015 - 21:00

    Thank you, Chris! I was having a “there's gotta be a way” moment, and found your video. Kathy

  9. Anonymous

    20th May 2015 - 11:39

    Excellent. Managed to extract 152 sheets into different files. The only things I have found is that, upon opening the files, I get a message stating that the file is in a different format to the file extension. Verify that the file is not corrupted and is from a trusted source before opening.

  10. Shane Lalor

    26th August 2015 - 09:51

    Thanks Chris – that worked perfectly. Saved me a lot of time.

  11. Emma

    13th October 2015 - 15:41

    For Mac, I needed to switch the to / in the file name path. Then it ran perfectly!

  12. Jim Sanders

    11th August 2016 - 15:17

    Change the quotation marks. Apparently when I copied over to my computer I got a different format quotation mark and spaces appeared between the . I retyped the quotation marks and eliminated the spaces. Worked after that.

  13. Bryan

    15th September 2016 - 19:36

    On the Filename line I receive the error message Compile Error: Expected Expression and it highlights in blue the :=

    • Chris

      16th September 2016 - 12:52

      Bryan, are you using Windows or Mac? If on a Mac you may need to change the to a /

      • Matt

        12th October 2018 - 03:12

        Thanks Chris,

        works with your / suggestion for Mac and change to .xlsx

  14. Hector Taylor

    22nd September 2016 - 03:23

    I getting “Run-time error ’11’: Division by zero

    • Malik

      27th October 2016 - 11:09

      I have same error !!

  15. Sherry

    23rd October 2016 - 23:28

    I am getting this message, can anyone help?
    Compile error
    Must be first statement on the line
    When I press help it says below.
    Not all keywords can appear at the beginning of a line of code. This error has the following causes and solutions:

    •You preceded a Sub, Function, or Property statement with another statement on the same line. A Sub, Function, or Property statement must always be the first statement on any line in which it appears (unless preceded by the keyword Public, Private, or Static).

    •You preceded an End If, Else, or ElseIf statement with another statement on the same line. An End If, Else, or ElseIf (only when used in a block If structure) statement must always be the first statement on any line in which it appears.

    • Chris

      24th October 2016 - 11:11

      Can you confirm your Excel version please Sherry? Example, Office 2013 on Windows. There are many reasons you may be getting the error message, let’s first confirm the VBA code is being received correctly – can you trying again using the following link for the source? http://pastebin.com/tCeF7XMR

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  18. Patty

    3rd February 2017 - 17:56

    I get a run-time error ’11’:

    and I really want to use this script!!

    When I debug, it highlights lines 8 and 9.

    I checked my script at the link you shared with Betty above. It’s just not working for me.

  19. Sarah

    17th May 2017 - 23:43

    Just discovered this command and it would seriously save my life, but I keep seeing the following error –

    Run-time error ‘1004’:
    Copy method of Worksheet class failed

    Debug points to sht.Copy as the error. Any suggestions?

  20. Jay

    24th January 2018 - 11:43


    On running the command, I am getting a compile error on the file path saying Expected:expression

    Any guidance on what I could do

  21. cameron

    15th February 2018 - 10:31

    Hi Chris,

    Echoing some of the comments below:
    I am using windows and I keep getting a syntax error for:
    Filename:=MyPath & “\” & sht.Name & “.xls”
    It keep highlighting the colon after file name, any ideas?


    • Tatjana

      18th April 2018 - 13:10

      I am getting the same error with sintex Filename:=MyPath & “\” & sht.Name & “.xls”. could you help how to correct this?

  22. Phil

    16th May 2018 - 22:24

    I’m Sad… I get the run time error 11 division by zero. I have no idea what that means. Can you please help when you can. I placed the x in the xlsx. then I select debug and it highlight the two lines below. i’m using excel 2016 64bit

    ActiveWorkbook.SaveAs _
    Filename:=MyPath & “ \ ” & sht.Name & “.xlsx”


      15th June 2018 - 08:54

      Try this:
      I had the same issue…changed the FIlename line to the following:
      Filename:=ActiveSheet.Name & “.xlsx”

  23. Kris

    5th July 2018 - 16:34

    It works with the latest Office 365 version if you fix the Filename line.

    Filename:=MyPath & “\” & sht.Name & “.xls”

  24. Mary Murray Taylor

    9th January 2019 - 18:13

    I see your reply stating the below. I am on Mac High Sierra. F5 doesn’t work and I am not clear on what you mean below.
    16th September 2016 – 12:52
    Bryan, are you using Windows or Mac? If on a Mac you may need to change the to a /

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