In Google Sheets, if you have a "Spreadsheet", then you can make individual "Sheets" (like tabs) within it. In my Spreadsheet, I've made a new Sheet every month for the last four months, so January February March and April.
I want the April sheet to be the one that's open by default when I open the Spreadsheet, but January is always the default one open.
I've tried re-ordering the Sheets by dragging them, but no matter where I put the January one, it's always the first open, so I assume it's the default because it was the first created.

Does anyone know how I can make the April one (most-recently created) the default?

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When a Google spreadsheet is opened, it always defaults to the first tab.

I imagine that what you actually do is not opening the spreadsheet by clicking on it but using a bookmark.
But every single tab in a sheet has an identifier.

As an example, in a spreadsheet URL like:

  • the long 1CTdtIB_SVZj4Zo9zcI3-TZKAWYTLs is the sheet ID and
  • the 1209794310 part is the tab ID within the sheet

I suppose you have bookmarked the specific sheet followed by the specific ID.
As a result when you click your bookmark, the sheet will always open on this tab which -since January was the first created- will always be the January tab.

What you can do though is edit your bookmark and omit the tab ID in the end


The sheet will now always open on the first tab.

  • 2
    Besides using a bookmark, using the web browser autocomplete might also don't open other sheet when includes a tab id Apr 21, 2021 at 20:47
  • Good point @Rubén Apr 21, 2021 at 21:39
  • Perfect, problem solved, thanks!
    – gkeenley
    Apr 21, 2021 at 23:39

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