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Hi Tom,

I’m not sure if this can be done, but this is what I would like to do in VBA.

I am going to have several worksheets, the first one holds some source data that the others feed from, it is called “NAMES” and is the first sheet (always to the left).

The other sheet/s are called “Country 1”, “Country 2”…….“Country 18” and so on and these are going to be added as needed, so what I am wanting to do is have a hidden sheet (so it cannot be seen or altered) that is formatted how I want with formulas etc, have it named say “Spare” and then when a new sheet needs to be added the “Spare sheet can be copied and given a new name. The new name would be the highest “Country” so if “Country 5” was the current highest sheet the newly copied “Spare” sheet would be then called “Country 6” this would be then placed just after the “NAMES” sheet or the 2nd  sheet from the left.

I hope this can be achieved and if you need any further information that I may have omitted please let me know.

Thanks you very much for your assistance.



Here is some starter code:  

Sub abc()
Dim sh1 As Worksheet
Dim s As String, l As Long, maxval As Long, sname As String
Dim sh As Worksheet
Set sh = Worksheets("Spare")
sh.Visible = xlSheetVisible
sh.Copy After:=Worksheets("Names")
Set sh1 = ActiveSheet
sh.Visible = xlSheetHidden
maxval = 0
For Each sh In Worksheets
If sh.Visible Then
  sname = sh.Name
  If InStr(1, sname, "country", vbTextCompare) Then
     s = Mid(sname, 9, 2)
     l = CLng(s)
     If maxval < l Then maxval = l
  End If
End If
sh1.Name = "Country " & maxval + 1
End Sub

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