Solved

Password Protect Individual Columns in Excel w/ VBA

Posted on 2013-11-22
11
1,970 Views
Last Modified: 2013-11-22
Is there a way to password protect active cell individual columns with VBA?
0
Comment
Question by:mattfmiller
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 6
  • 3
  • 2
11 Comments
 
LVL 4

Expert Comment

by:yuppydu
ID: 39669340
No, as far as I know you cannot password protect one cell or one column
0
 
LVL 48

Expert Comment

by:Martin Liss
ID: 39669355
Sure you can. The sheet must be protected but if you do this but by default only things that are locked will be effected, so then do this.

    Columns("C:C").Select
    Selection.Locked = True

Open in new window

0
 
LVL 48

Expert Comment

by:Martin Liss
ID: 39669361
Actually there's no need to Select, so...
    Columns("C:C").Locked = True

Open in new window

0
Instantly Create Instructional Tutorials

Contextual Guidance at the moment of need helps your employees adopt to new software or processes instantly. Boost knowledge retention and employee engagement step-by-step with one easy solution.

 
LVL 4

Expert Comment

by:yuppydu
ID: 39669391
Martin that locks it, but can you password protect it as Matt asked? I do not know of way for doing that
0
 
LVL 48

Expert Comment

by:Martin Liss
ID: 39669413
    With ActiveSheet
        .Columns("C:C").Locked = True
        .Protect Password:="My password"
    End With

Open in new window

0
 
LVL 1

Author Comment

by:mattfmiller
ID: 39669439
Is there a way to password protect a relative reference?
0
 
LVL 48

Expert Comment

by:Martin Liss
ID: 39669672
Is there a way to password protect a relative reference?
Please give me an example of what you mean.
0
 
LVL 1

Author Comment

by:mattfmiller
ID: 39669689
For example

Do while ActiveCell.value = "" = false
If Activecell.interior.color = red then
Protect column
End if

ActiveCell.offset(1,0).select



Loop
0
 
LVL 48

Accepted Solution

by:
Martin Liss earned 500 total points
ID: 39669719
I'm not sure what you mean here Do while ActiveCell.value = "" = false but this should work for the rest

    With ActiveSheet
        If ActiveCell.Interior.Color = vbRed Then
            .Columns(ActiveCell.Column).Locked = True
            .Protect Password:="My password"
        End If
    End With

Open in new window

0
 
LVL 1

Author Comment

by:mattfmiller
ID: 39670252
Thx.  I ended up going with with

ActiveCell.Columns("A:A").EntireColumn.Locked = True

then closing the loop with the ActiveSheet.protect.

The password I will incorporate into my macro (Didn't know you could do that)
0
 
LVL 48

Expert Comment

by:Martin Liss
ID: 39670287
You're welcome and I'm glad I was able to help.

Marty - MVP 2009 to 2013
0

Featured Post

Creating Instructional Tutorials  

For Any Use & On Any Platform

Contextual Guidance at the moment of need helps your employees/users adopt software o& achieve even the most complex tasks instantly. Boost knowledge retention, software adoption & employee engagement with easy solution.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

When you see single cell contains number and text, and you have to get any date out of it seems like cracking our heads.
If you need to forecast numbers -- typically for finance -- the Windows and Mac versions of Excel 2016 have a basket of tools to get the job done.
This Micro Tutorial demonstrates using Microsoft Excel pivot tables, how to reverse engineer competitors' marketing strategies through backlinks.
This Micro Tutorial will demonstrate how to create pivot charts out of a data set. I also added a drop-down menu which allows to choose from different categories in the data set and the chart will automatically update.

622 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question