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# How to Check If Worksheet Name Exists in a Workbook

In order to check whether a certain worksheet name exists in a workbook or not, we can perform this check with the help of the Excel ISREFand INDIRECT functions. This article demonstrates how to perform this.

Figure 1. Checking Worksheet Name in a Workbook

## Formula Syntax

The generic formula syntax to check the worksheet name in a workbook is;

`=ISREF(INDIRECT("sheetname"&"!A1"))`

The Excel ISREF function checks whether a value is a reference and returns TRUE or FALSE and the INDIRECT function returns the reference specified by a text string. In this formula, we can supply the worksheet name as a text value or cell reference and create a full reference of the worksheet name we combine it with an exclamation mark and a general cell reference, such as “!A1”, using the Ampersand symbol (&).

Figure 2. The Syntax of the Formula

## Worksheet Name Without Spaces Or Punctuation

The above generic syntax of the formula checks the status of a worksheet name that is without spaces or punctuation in a workbook, like “Mar” or “Payables” etc. Suppose we have different worksheet names in column B that do not contain any space or punctuation and want to check if a worksheet name exists in a workbook. In this case, we will use the following formula in cell C2, such as;

`=ISREF(INDIRECT(B2&"!A1"))`

Copy down this formula to return the results for all the listed names of worksheets.

Figure 3. Checking the Worksheet Name Without Spaces Or Punctuation

## Worksheet Name With Spaces Or Punctuation

If a worksheet name contains spaces or punctuation, like “Income Statement” and “Balance-Sheet” etc, then we need to amend the generic syntax of formula a little bit. To handle this, we will wrap the worksheet name in the single quotation mark as per the following formula syntax in cell C8 or C9;

`=ISREF(INDIRECT(" ' "&sheetname&" ' !A1"))`

`=ISREF(INDIRECT("'"&B8&"'!A1"))`

Figure 4. Checking the Worksheet Name With Spaces Or Punctuation

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