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macro to make rows read-only in excel

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How can I make a row read-only in a sheet via a macro?

kindly share your code
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Question by:rutgermons
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by:MacroShadow
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This will lock the first row, to lock a different row just change the row number of the ranges.

Sub Demo()
    Range("A1:XFD1").Locked = True
    ActiveSheet.Protect Contents:=True
End Sub

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Note: locking cells only applies when the sheet is protected, hence the second line of code.
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by:Rgonzo1971
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Hi,

pls try
Sub Macro5()

    ActiveSheet.Unprotect
    Cells.Locked = False
    Range("1:1").Locked = True
    ActiveSheet.Protect DrawingObjects:=True, Contents:=True, Scenarios:=True
End Sub

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EDIT By default cells are locked, if you protect without unlocking the other cells, you will lock all of them

Regards
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by:rutgermons
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folks

thanks! can I though ensure the rows are locked but manual user input but not if the same macro wants to update the rows?
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by:MacroShadow
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First unprotect the sheet, then have the macro do its thing, then lock row and protect sheet.
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by:Martin Liss
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Instead of locking and unlocking and taking the (very small) chance that the user will change the sheet before it's locked again, just do this instead of locking.

ActiveSheet.Protect UserInterfaceOnly:=True

If that's done the sheet will be locked but code can run against it.
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by:rutgermons
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Martin

I used your code in

 Sheets("XI End Points").Cells(c6, 1).Value = Me.ComboBox1.Value
    Sheets("XI End Points").Cells(c6, 2).Value = Me.ComboBox1.Column(4)
    Sheets("XI End Points").Cells(c6, 3).Value = Me.ComboBox1.Column(5)
    Sheets("XI End Points").Cells(c6, 4).Value = Me.ComboBox1.Column(6)
    Range("A3:XFD1").Locked = True
    Sheets("XI End Points").Protect UserInterfaceOnly:=True

no luck

any ideas?
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Martin Liss earned 500 total points
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Move this to WorkBook_Open.

Sheets("XI End Points").Protect UserInterfaceOnly:=True
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by:Martin Liss
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Oh, and you don't need the "Locked" line.
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by:Martin Liss
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One more thing. You probably know this but just in case...

After you move that line to Workbook_Open you either have to close and reopen the workbook or run that sub from Visual Basic.
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