It is virtually impossible to access a workbook that has been password protected without using the correct password. But you'll want maximum flexibility to manage the unlocked cells while protecting the data in the cells that are locked. I'm not sure why double-clicking erases the contents of your text fields here is what I did and it worked as you'd want it to:. To protect cell contents, you must use the Protect Sheet command button on the Review tab. If you typed a password in the Password optional text box, Excel opens the Confirm Password dialog box.
If you click back in your worksheet and try to make any changes that you have not permitted in the Protection Worksheet dialogue box, an error message informing you that you do not have permission to change the worksheet will pop up. Protection Options After you click Protect Sheet, a window displays with some customization options as shown in the image. If you wish to password protect the protection function, enter a password in the box for Password to unprotect sheet. If you want to provide an easier method of going from sheet-to-sheet, consider hyperlinking in the cells. We hope our tutorial on protecting your important worksheet data has been helpful. I am trying to protect the format of a document.
I am using Excel 2010 with a shared workbook. So before locking a worksheet, make sure that you unlock any cell that you'll be entering data into, cells you'll be updating, and all column headings, row headings, and any other text you might want to change. In essence, we are looking for the best of both worlds: wanting to protect the worksheet, but also wanting others to be able to change what we want them to change! The most important cells to keep locked are those that contain formulas and functions. Next click on Advanced tab in the Excel Option dialog box and uncheck the checkbox which says Show Sheet Tabs Finally come out of Design Mode and you are done :. The Protection Tab of the Format Options Window The option to lock or unlock a cell in Excel is on the last tab of the Format Options window - the Protection tab. Lastly, we'll briefly discuss protecting workbooks.
Click on the Review tab on the Ribbon. You will be asked to confirm the password in a second dialogue box. When you try to open it again, a dialogue box prompting you to enter the password will appear. Or if, you can explain more of what you are after, you may get more help. And sometimes you may want to modify certain cells but prevent other cells from modification.
Instead of trying to unlock individual cells that don't need protection, the easiest way is to first unlock all of the cells, and then lock just those cells containing mathematical equations, functions, or data cells that will never be changed. If i want to include a function to unlock everything just by pressing Ctrl+d. . If you have a problem displaying the Developer tab, please read our post. Click on the Review tab on the Ribbon. Or, if you are using a userform, as I think you are, make it modal, then the user cannot touch anything other than the userform, even though they can see your sheets. In the Changes group, click on Protect Worksheet.
This will prevent others who access your workbook from being able to move, delete or insert new worksheets into the workbook. Code: Sub ProtectWorkbook Dim wrksheet As Worksheet For Each wrksheet In ActiveWorkbook. You carefully pick the formulas to use and tweak the formatting and colors to suit your tastes. Prior to this, if I double-clicked the field it would allow me to edit the text there without first erasing it. The only indication that you have successfully unlocked the cells is that the graphic of a lock next to the Lock Cell word in the Format menu, will be un-highlighted.
To add a password to an existing workbook: 1. The Format Options window has a total of six tabs and they are discussed in our tutorial. In this post, we will have a look at how to protect your 2010 worksheet data including how to protect only certain cells. To remove worksheet protection: 1. Open the workbook you wish to protect. I have put together a data collection form which is spread across five worksheets.
The Protect Sheet dialog box is displayed. Two steps are involved and both must be completed before protection is activated. Next, click on the Protect Workbook button and select Encrypt with Password from the list. How can I protect the document that requires input. For dynamic worksheets where data will be frequently updated, some cells will need to be unlocked to make the whole idea of protection sensible. Open the worksheet you wish to protect. Let's call them Open Magda1, Open Magda2 and Open Magda3 See Screenshot.
There is no other way. Ads by How to Protect Your Excel 2010 Worksheet Data To prevent users from modifying the contents of all cells in a Worksheet: 1. Protecting a Workbook A workbook can also be protected. I need the formatting protected, but allow users to edit text and select from drop-down boxes. Second, the worksheet containing the locked cell must be protected. To unlock all worksheet cells in one step, click in the top-left cell of the worksheet, as shown in the image, to select all of the worksheet cells.
This is a great feature for preventing complex formulas and functions from being accidentally erased. In the Protect Worksheet dialogue box see screenshot below , you have a multitude of actions that you can select to allow for the worksheet after protection is applied. To protect a workbook: 1. This calls for a method of restricting access to workbooks that contain sensitive or private information. If you try to modify the contents of the other cells, the Microsoft Excel message box will be displayed asking you to unprotect the worksheet.