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Lock specific areas of a protected worksheet in Office Excel

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When you protect a worksheet, all cells are locked by default, which means that they cannot be edited. To enable cells to be edited while leaving only some cells locked, you can unlock all the cells and then lock only specific cells and ranges before you protect the worksheet. You can also enable specific users to edit specific ranges in a protected worksheet.

Before going further, You need to protect a worksheet.

You can check here How to protect worksheet in Excel.

Lock only specific cells and ranges in a protected worksheet

  1. If the worksheet is protected, do the following:
    1. On the Review tab, in the Changes group, click Unprotect Sheet.Unprotect SheetThe Protect Sheet command changes to Unprotect Sheet when a worksheet is protected.
    2. If prompted, type the password to unprotect the worksheet.
  2. Select the whole worksheet by clicking the Select All button.Select All button
  3. On the Home tab, in the Font group, click the Format Cell Font dialog box launcher. You can also press Ctrl+Shift+F or Ctrl+1.Format Cells dialog box launcherThe Format Cells dialog box appears.
  4. On the Protection tab, clear the Locked box and then click OK.This unlocks all the cells on the worksheet when you protect the worksheet. Now, you can choose the cells you specifically want to lock.
  5. On the worksheet, select just the cells that you want to lock.
  6. Bring up the Format Cells dialog box again (Ctrl+Shift+F).
  7. This time, on the Protection tab, select the Locked box and then click OK.
  8. On the Review tab, in the Changes group, click Protect Sheet.Protect Sheet
  9. In the Allow all users of this worksheet to list, select the elements that you want users to be able to change.More information about worksheet elementsWorksheet elements
    Clear this check boxTo prevent users from
    Select locked cellsMoving the pointer to cells for which the Locked check box is selected on the Protection tab of theFormat Cells dialog box. By default, users are allowed to select locked cells.
    Select unlocked cellsMoving the pointer to cells for which the Locked check box is cleared on the Protection tab of theFormat Cells dialog box. By default, users can select unlocked cells, and they can press the TAB key to move between the unlocked cells on a protected worksheet.
    Format cellsChanging any of the options in the Format Cells or Conditional Formatting dialog boxes. If you applied conditional formats before you protected the worksheet, the formatting continues to change when a user enters a value that satisfies a different condition.
    Format columnsUsing any of the column formatting commands, including changing column width or hiding columns (Home tab, Cells group, Format button).
    Format rowsUsing any of the row formatting commands, including changing row height or hiding rows (Home tab,Cells group, Format button).
    Insert columnsInserting columns.
    Insert rowsInserting rows.
    Insert hyperlinksInserting new hyperlinks, even in unlocked cells.
    Delete columnsDeleting columns.

    If Delete columns is protected and Insert columns is not also protected, a user can insert columns that he or she cannot delete.

    Delete rowsDeleting rows.

    If Delete rows is protected and Insert rows is not also protected, a user can insert rows that he or she cannot delete.

    SortUsing any commands to sort data (Data tab, Sort & Filter group).

    Users can’t sort ranges that contain locked cells on a protected worksheet, regardless of this setting.

    Use AutoFilterUsing the drop-down arrows to change the filter on ranges when AutoFilters are applied.

    Users cannot apply or remove AutoFilters on a protected worksheet, regardless of this setting.

    Use PivotTable reportsFormatting, changing the layout, refreshing, or otherwise modifying PivotTable reports, or creating new reports.
    Edit objectsDoing the any of the following:
    • Making changes to graphic objects including maps, embedded charts, shapes, text boxes, and controls that you did not unlock before you protected the worksheet. For example, if a worksheet has a button that runs a macro, you can click the button to run the macro, but you cannot delete the button.
    • Making any changes, such as formatting, to an embedded chart. The chart continues to be updated when you change its source data.
    • Adding or editing comments.
    Edit scenariosViewing scenarios that you have hidden, making changes to scenarios that you have prevented changes to, and deleting these scenarios. Users can change the values in the changing cells, if the cells are not protected, and add new scenarios.

    Chart sheet elements

    Select this check boxTo prevent users from
    ContentsMaking changes to items that are part of the chart, such as data series, axes, and legends. The chart continues to reflect changes made to its source data.
    ObjectsMaking changes to graphic objects — including shapes, text boxes, and controls — unless you unlock the objects before you protect the chart sheet.
  10. In the Password to unprotect sheet box, type a password for the sheet, click OK, and then retype the password to confirm it.
    • The password is optional. If you do not supply a password, any user can unprotect the sheet and change the protected elements.
    • Make sure that you choose a password that is easy to remember, because if you lose the password, you won’t have access to the protected elements on the worksheet.

See Also:  How to Unlock specific areas of a protected worksheet in Office Excel


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