UserInterFaceOnly won't allow query to refresh

Posted on 2009-07-10
Last Modified: 2013-11-25
I'm trying to set up a workbook to allow my macros to run while protection is on (without a password). I've got the following code in the private module of ThisWorkbook.

Private Sub Workbook_Open()
Dim wSheet As Worksheet
For Each wSheet In Worksheets
wSheet.Protect UserInterFaceOnly:=True
Next wSheet
End Sub

When I run my macros, The ones that have query.refresh  get the runtime error saying the cell I am trying to change is protected.  Does UserInterFaceOnly not apply to query refresh?
Is there some other setting or code I need to make this work? Does it matter if I have protection on or off in each worksheet? I'm using Excel 2003. My query pulls data from a csv file.
My macros run fine if I unprotect every sheet manually and don't use the UserInterFaceOnly, but I need to have the sheets protected.  I would rather not use protect/unprotect in the macro because if the macro gets terminated then protection is not set.
Question by:jfwsmith
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Expert Comment

ID: 24828046
I can't get it to work either.  Apparantly, there is too much going on with a refresh, column widths, formatting, sorts and filters, new rows inserted, and I tried disabling all of that and the query still won't run.

You need to use an On Error statement to protect the sheet if an error occurs in the macro.
Sub Macro3()
    On Error GoTo rollback
    ActiveSheet.Cells(1, 1).Value = "Older"  ' overwritten if refresh succeeds, cheap debug flag
    ActiveSheet.Protect DrawingObjects:=True, Contents:=True, Scenarios:=True, userinterfaceonly:=True
    Exit Sub
    ActiveSheet.Protect DrawingObjects:=True, Contents:=True, Scenarios:=True, userinterfaceonly:=True
    MsgBox "protected again"
End Sub

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Author Comment

ID: 24881420
So apparently no one else has run into this problem?  Seems odd that Query.Refresh would not to allowed under UserInterFaceOnly.  Can anyone else verify this?
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folderol earned 500 total points
ID: 24881663
Consider it verified.  Poor choice of words I guess, but I only meant to imply I hadn't used a rigourous QA testing process.  A google search turned up only articles that agreed that unprotect / query.refresh / protect is the only option.

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Expert Comment

ID: 24881951
I suppose the B grade was intended as a sign of protest to Microsoft, for omitting this obviously useful feature :)
I'll gladly be the messenger, even if it ends up getting me shot! lol

Author Comment

ID: 24882562
Sorry, I'm not familiar with what the grading is all about.  No reflection on you personally, the answer just didn't tell me much that I didn't already know... (I already googled it myself, my reason for posting here was to seek further clarification).  Thank you for your response and efforts.
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Expert Comment

ID: 24882671
No offense was taken, so think nothing of it, really.  Maybe it was a bit snarky, but I couldn't resist the joke.  Many a time, posters grade on what they hoped to hear, rather than the response's accuracy.  Funny but only human I guess, its very widespread.  I apologize if I seemed ungrateful.

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