Use Autofilter in Protect mode

I am using Excel 2003.  I have followed instructions to use autofilter in a protected worksheet by clicking the appropriate box in the drop down (Tools/Protection/Protect Sheet, Allow All Users to Use/Autofilter).  Despite allowing Autofilter, it will not work when the worksheet is protected.
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Rory ArchibaldCommented:
It only allows you to use an existing autofilter, not actually apply or remove an autofilter to the sheet.
treeherAuthor Commented:
To clarify, I have already activated autofilter in the worksheet prior to enabling protection.  The autofilter works fine in unprotected mode but will not work after protection is enabled.  My understanding is that allowing users to use autofilter in protect mode should have solved this, but the autofilter will not work after I enable protect.
Rory ArchibaldCommented:
Curious. What actually happens? Does the dropdown not work, or does the filter not apply, or do you get an error?
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treeherAuthor Commented:
You can click the Autofilter button and the drop down box opens up for the autofilter and you can select from it, for example Sort Ascending, but then nothing happens at all.  If I unprotect, it works fine.
Rory ArchibaldCommented:
Does the filtering (rather than sorting) work? Sorting is a separate setting.

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treeherAuthor Commented:
AHA!  You got it.  Yes, the filtering works.  Now, how do I make the Sorting work?
Rory ArchibaldCommented:
You have to check the Sort option in the protection dialog and you also have to unlock any cells that you want to be able to sort.
treeherAuthor Commented:
When I select the "Sort" option in  the Protection drop down and then protect the sheet, the autofilter still will not sort ... now I get the error message "The cell or chart you are trying to change is protected and therefore read only.  To modify a protected cell or chart, first remove protection using the Unprotect Sheet command."  If true, then of what use is it to allow "sort" for users?
treeherAuthor Commented:
OK, finally I have got it.  You have been a GREAT help to me!  Thank you.
Rory ArchibaldCommented:
My pleasure. :)
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