Use CTRL to make copies of worksheets quickly

Posted on February 15th, 2017 in Keyboard Shortcuts , Learn Excel - 10 comments

The other day, I found myself making copies of a templated report worksheet. After trying the usual route of “right click on source sheet, select move or copy, check create a copy and press OK” a few times, I thought “well that is asinine.” So I figured, may be CTRL+Drag will create a copy. And what do you know, it does.

So that is our quick tip for the day. Whenever you need to make a copy of something, simply hold CTRL key and drag the thing.

It works for charts, drawing shapes, worksheets and even ranges. Heck, you can even use it in Windows Explorer to make copies of any files / folders.

Here is a quick demo:


Love to stay in control? Here are few more CTRL shortcuts for you


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10 Responses to “Use CTRL to make copies of worksheets quickly”

  1. ks says:

    Does anyone know how to avoid creating new copies of named ranges when copying sheets this way (e.g. names that have workbook-wide scope seem to get copies with sheet-specific scope, with no obvious benefit)

  2. David says:

    whaaaaat. where were you a few days ago :')
    Thanks Chandoo!

  3. Bhavani Seetal says:


    Quick Way to Copy Sheet.

    Thank You.

  4. Oficientes says:

    Thanks Chandoo! Awesome tip 😀

  5. Chuck says:

    Oh My Gosh! Started a new job after being retired for seven years and you are going to be my favorite website! Thank you!!

  6. kamal says:

    very good information and website is very useful. Thanks for sharing.

  7. ZAK says:

    very good information 🙂

  8. Jack says:

    What did you use to record your gif with the on screen keyboard shortcuts?

  9. Ritu says:

    Hi Chandoo! Its a wonderful tip! I'm aiming to go absolutely mouse free while using excel. I use
    Alt + H+O+M+ tab+ space
    for the same result

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