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Hello - we have a old template, developed by someone who is no longer here, that has 16 tabs, one of which does not appear on the spreadsheet, even after doing a Format > Worksheet > Unhide.

The code module for it shows up as a node on the "Excel Objects" in Project Explorer, but even in VBA, ActiveWorkSheet.Delete fails with "Select method of worksheet class failed"
(we wrote a short macro that does a WorkBook.Unprotect, then .Select and .Delete that particular worksheet)

The only way we knew this tab existed was that another macro that is involved in this process blows up when it loops through the workbook to un-hide all the worksheets.  

Anybody seen this before? How do you go about deleting a phantom worksheet?

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Question by:mlagrange
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zorvek (Kevin Jones) earned 2000 total points
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Sheets can be hidden at two levels: hidden and very hidden. Hidden sheets can be unhidden by choosing the menu command Format->Sheet->Unhide, selecting the sheet to unhide from the list, and clicking OK. If that menu command is disabled then either there are no hidden sheets, there are hidden sheets but they are very hidden, or the workbook structure is protected. To unprotect the workbook structure, choose the menu command Tools->Protection->Unprotect Workbook. A password may be needed to complete the unprotection. Once unprotected try to unhide the hidden sheet again.

If the hidden sheet is very hidden, press ALT+F11 to open the VBE, press CTRL+R to open the Project Explorer window, locate and select the sheet to unhide in the list of project objects, press F4 to open the Properties window, locate the Visible property and change it to "-1 - xlSheetVisible". Press ALT+F11 to return to Excel.

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by:mlagrange
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Worked like a charm - Thanks!

(VERY Hidden... sounds like Animal House's  "Double Secret Probation"... sheesh...)

Thanks again
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