Protecting Excel 2010 file from copy data, only allow to read it

Posted on 2014-09-17
Last Modified: 2014-09-17
Is it possible to protect an Excel 2010 file from copy its data and only allow to read it. Like a PDF file in which you can protect it with a password in that way.
Question by:miyahira
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johnb25 earned 100 total points
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Yes, in File/Info/Permissions/Restrict Permisssion by People you can control access and use of the file.


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by:Russell Lucas
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Your request suggests that you want to prevent someone from copying the data from a spreadsheet, but allow them to read it.

If this is the case you cannot, a general statement is the if you can read data you can copy it.

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In Review/Protect Sheet you can prevent users from selecting cells, which would also prevent copying.

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Glenn Ray earned 400 total points
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You can prevent users from selecting cells - and therefore copying them - by password-protecting the sheet and turning off the options allowing users to select any cells:

Excel 2010 Menu:  Review - Protect Sheet.  Then turn off check boxes for "Select locked cells" and "Select unlocked cells".
protect sheetDoing so will only allow navigation by scrolling, so make sure the vertical and horizontal scrollbars are visible and that the horizontal scrollbar is wide enough to be usable.

Note that Excel password protection is weak and easy to crack.  If you are truly concerned about persons copying data, there really isn't much you can do to stop it - even with PDF documents.


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