Workbook Vs. Worksheet (Difference)

Last Updated: October 04, 2023

- Written by Puneet

When you start working in Excel, you hear two terms quite often. And that’s Workbook and Worksheet. And in this tutorial, we will learn about the difference between these two.

Workbook in an Excel File and standalone entity that saves on your system.
A worksheet is a sheet (spreadsheet) inside a workbook. And you can insert multiple worksheets in a Workbook.
You can use multiple formats to save a workbook (Excel File).
There are four types of sheets that you can insert within a workbook, and a worksheet is one of them.
You can share a workbook with other users via email, OneDrive, and cloud storage.
A worksheet or a sheet can only be shared with the workbook. But not separately.
You can lock a workbook with a password, which won’t let anybody open the workbook.
You can protect a worksheet using a password that restricts the user from changing the cell and a range.
You can navigate between workbooks. It would be best if you used the keyboard shortcut Alt + tab. Or you can hover your mouse cursor over the Excel tab and select the workbook you want to open.
You can navigate between worksheets using the tabs from the bottom right of the window. Or you can also use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Page Up or Page Down.