Protecting Select Cells

Posted on 2014-01-30
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Last Modified: 2014-03-06
Hi All,

I have a workbook, in which I need to protect a few specific cells. When I tried locking it through the protect sheet/workbook option, it kills the vba which powers other functions.

I tried using the following code..

Sheets("Sheet1").UnProtect Password:="MyPassword"
Your code
Sheets("Sam").Protect Password:="MyPassword"

But unfortunately, I think I placed the code in the wrong area.

I need to protect:c2, c11:c138, e11:138

**The VBA project is password protect but its blank just hit ok.

Question by:J_Drake
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Martin Liss earned 672 total points
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Try protecting this way instead.

        Worksheets("Sam").Protect Password:="Password", Userinterfaceonly:=True, DrawingObjects:=False
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gowflow earned 664 total points
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First of all you refer to
Sheets("Sam").Protect Password

and you don't have a sheet called Sam

what sheet you want to protect
c2, c11:c138, e11:138
I assume it is sheet Action Register.

If it is the case then you should think differently and decide what are the cells you want to Unlock !! as by default the whole worksheet is locked when you protect a worksheet reason why your code is bugging as it is hitting a locked cell that you are maybe changing by code and if the sheet is locked then it blocks.

I suggest the following:

1) You just unlock all the cells that you want the user to have access to and this point to the cell or group of cells and hit right click format cell protection and untick Locked.

2) In all the code that access this sheet (I did not go thru the code but if you want me to just lead me to what are the routines that affect this sheet)

3) so in all these routines you should have in the beging of the routine
sheets("Action Register").Unprotect Password:="MyPassword"
your code for the routine
and at the end
sheets("Action Register").protect Password:="MyPassword"

this way when the code runs it will run with unlocked sheet and make changes freely.

4) You need to make sure that in your Workbook_Open event you have:
sheets("Action Register").protect Password:="MyPassword"
so it Protect the worksheet upon opening the workbook.

Pls let me know if you need specific attendance on this code and where.
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spattewar earned 664 total points
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Please note that if you are using MartinLiss's solution you need to make sure that you put it in the workbook open event. Because the userinterface protection does not get saved when you save the workbook.

This is the best way to do it if you want the VBA code to do its stuff but prevent manual input on the sheet.

Hope it helps.
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any chance to have tried out the proposed solution ?
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by:Martin Liss
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Have any of the above helped you?
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