Macro to show which cells are formatted "locked"

Posted on 2011-03-08
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
I'd like to see which cells are locked and which are unlocked on a sheet containing a mixture of locked and unlocked cells.

Can anyone help with a macros that shows all cells that are locked or unlocked, eg by shading the cells different colours?

Question by:StuartOrd
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Accepted Solution

Saurabh Singh Teotia earned 350 total points
ID: 35074532

You can use this code to do what you are looking for...

Sub checkdata()
    Dim rng As Range, cell As Range

    ActiveSheet.Unprotect Password:="password"  '<----Give your sheet password

    Set rng = Range("A1:N100")           '<----  Define your range you want to check

    For Each cell In rng
        If cell.Locked = True Then
            cell.Interior.ColorIndex = 3         '<----- Cell color if the cell is locked you can change the number as per you..
            cell.Interior.ColorIndex = 6     '<----- Cell color if the cell is locked you can change the number as per you..
        End If
    Next cell

    ActiveSheet.Protect Password:="password"   '<--- Give your sheet password.

End Sub

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Expert Comment

by:Ardhendu Sarangi
ID: 35074555
Try this -

Please let me know if this works.

this is for office 2007.

- ardhendu
Option Explicit
Sub Macro1()
    Dim cel As Range
    For Each cel In Selection
        If cel.Locked = False Then
            With cel.Interior
                .Pattern = xlSolid
                .PatternColorIndex = xlAutomatic
                .ThemeColor = xlThemeColorLight2
                .TintAndShade = 0.599993896298105
                .PatternTintAndShade = 0
            End With
            With cel.Interior
                .Pattern = xlSolid
                .PatternColorIndex = xlAutomatic
                .ThemeColor = xlThemeColorAccent2
                .TintAndShade = 0.599993896298105
                .PatternTintAndShade = 0
            End With
        End If
End Sub

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Expert Comment

ID: 35074674
Nice job Pari123.
If you add below Dim Cel as range in Pari 123's code like  the following:
Dim cel As Range
It will check all cells. When you find the cells just click Esc to stop the macros.
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Author Comment

ID: 35075270
That worked fine! Thanks.

I'm using 2003, so maybe that's why it failed at:
.Pattern = xlSolid
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Assisted Solution

by:Dave Brett
Dave Brett earned 150 total points
ID: 35075828
You may find this article useful,  
A fast method for determining the unlocked cell range

It provides a very fast technique for returning the unlocked cell range without looping

You could use it in conjunction with
Adding a "Subtract Range" method alongside Union & Intersect  Article
to return the locked cell range (ie subtract the unlocked range from the usedrange)



Author Comment

ID: 35079550
Yes I can see that adding some features of this new article to saurabh726's code makes a good solution. I realised i needed to copy my sheet as many sheets have colour formatting that I didn't want to lose, and this method makes an automatic copy and doesn't recolour the sheets, so i can pick and choose a suitable hybrid.
Thanks all, excellent help as usual

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