Here's how to lock cells in Excel. In essence, this turns it into a selectable picture. Right-click on your selection, select Format Cells, and click on the Protection tab. See screenshots: And when you unhide the columns with the Unhide function, the Unhide tool will become gray, so that you can't unhide the hidden columns. Remember to select what actions someone will be able to change. Allow access to view, print and sort entire sheet to any of the users. See screenshot: Note: Because you have removed the locked status from all cells, you can enter data into the cells of worksheet as normal.
The workbook has only a single worksheet, and she needs to protect columns E and J so they cannot be changed, unless the user knows a particular password. In Excel, Hide and Unhide columns are common functions that you may use them a lot, you can easily hide the columns and then unhide them again. I'm told that a determined hacker can easily overcome Excel's password protection. If they supply the correct password this is the one that you specified in steps 17 and 19 , then they can edit anything they want in columns E and J. Excel opens the Protect Sheet dialog box in which you select the options you want to be available when the worksheet protection is enabled.
However the user doesn't follow instructions and occasionally overwrites or deletes the formulas and then it all stops working. Alternatively, you can use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + 1. To do this, select all of the rows and columns in your sheet. I would like to be able to accomplish the following: 1. I need it to be a form where only the places where the user is supposed to enter information are editable and they can only edit the text, not any formatting. The Allow Users to Edit Ranges dialog box. For the locking of the cells to take effect, you must also protect the worksheet.
However, you can specify whether a cell should be locked or unlocked in the cell's format properties. Then select your next cell s and hit F4 to repeat your last action. Storing the key required to decrypt the data in the worksheet would defeat the purpose of encrypting the sensitive data. How would you like to do? Select cells and ranges that you want to lock, right click and select the Format Cell item from the context menu. To do this, select all of the rows and columns in your sheet. Please do as follows: 1. Excel again displays the Format Cells dialog box.
Color End Sub This defines a global variable to catch the color of the cell you selected to paste into in the SelectionChange event. Since it is shared i need to protect few Columns. Cookie information is stored in your browser and performs functions such as recognising you when you return to our website and helping our team to understand which sections of the website you find most interesting and useful. The title isn't particularly important. They will be accessing the digital versions, and I'm afraid that they'll eventually accidentally break the formatting I've created. If you have assigned a protection password, you will have to enter it at this point. Works great for that, but: Doesn't catch intentional format changes.
These will be the cells that can be edited even after the sheet is protected. Most people know that you can protect individual rows, columns, or cells in Excel. Now when you view your spreadsheet, the formula in cell A1 will no longer appear in the edit bar when the cell is selected. It locks the worksheet, but it doesn't allow the user to type in the boxes where they should be allowed to type. See screenshot: Then a dialog box comes out to tell you selected cells have been unlocked. Result: The unrestricted area is the visible area, range A1:D32. About the Author Alan Sembera began writing for local newspapers in Texas and Louisiana.
For the formulas to be hidden, you must also protect the worksheet. For example I am doing a project sales one. Let's step through an example of applying worksheet protection using Method 1. I have tried protecting the formulas but that stops them from automatically copying down when a new row is added. This way they not only cant change the value but they wont be able to read the formulae in the formulae bar when trying to select. Select the entire worksheet by clicking the Select All button the gray rectangle in the upper-left corner of the worksheet where row 1 and column A headings intersect. The result of going through all these steps is that the cells in columns E and J cannot be changed.