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Why does the ActiveWorkbook.Protect toggle the workbook protection instead of just protecting it?

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I find that the line of code in my workbook:

ActiveWorkbook.Protect password '(where "password" is an constant public password)

is actually toggling the workbook protection and not always protecting it no matter what.

Why is this happening and how can I always have it just proteced?
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Question by:HaimD
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by:telyni19
ID: 33704547
No, the Protect method shouldn't toggle protection; it should always enable it. There is a corresponding Unprotect method to remove the protection.

Are you sure something else isn't removing the protection after you try to enable it?
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by:HaimD
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I swore the same thing.  But then I noticed it, and tested it, even on a blank workbook, and indeed, it toggles.

No error message.

I did a work around by always writing the code this way:

ActiveWorkbook.Unprotect
ActiveWorkbook.Protect

Seems ridiculous, but that the way it works.  

Or, maybe someone knows something I don't?!
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Curt Lindstrom earned 2000 total points
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You need parameters set to TRUE to avoid this to happen.

Structure Optional Variant True to protect the structure of the workbook (the relative position of the sheets). The default value is False.
Windows Optional Variant True to protect the workbook windows. If this argument is omitted, the windows aren’t protected.

So to protect Structure which is FALSE by default you need to use

ActiveWorkbook.Protect Structure:=True, Windows:=False
or just
ActiveWorkbook.Protect Structure:=True

Regards,
Curt


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by:HaimD
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That was it.  Thanks
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