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Excel 2010 - select part of a protected cell content and copy

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Hi,

Now I'm asking for the impossible (that is my client is) but here goes, just in case there's some miraculous answer.......

Situation:  A cell is protected (ie; cell is still locked & worksheet is protected).
Request:   Is there any way without VBA code that PART of the content of the cell can be selected & copied?  I know the whole cell content can be copied.

Please!
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by:Steven Harris
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Can you use a helper cell?  How do you know what part to "copy"?
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by:andrew_man
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let try the function mid, but we dun know the formula.

=mid(a1,2,3)
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by:kazmdav
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Thank you however the text that is to be selected & copied could be anywhere within the cell & happens at random.
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Rob Jurd, EE MVE earned 500 total points
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Can't be done.  The fact that the text you want to select and copy is random rules out the formula approach and also has to have access to edit the cell (when selecting) so unfortunately I can't see how you can do this without copying the entire cell to somewhere else to extract what you want.
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by:Robberbaron (robr)
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the fact that you want to select and copy part of the cell, means user interaction.

so you have to document a process of some sort, like robt or thinkspace.

can you elaborate on why a vba option that does the above is not acceptable ? it can be locked off to prevent malicious changes...
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by:kazmdav
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Thanks for final conclusion.
To robberbaron: the client doesn't want vba code because they are wary of it being too difficult to maintain ongoing.
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