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Is it possible to prevent a user from insert / delete a row or column on a particular worksheet with Excel VBA ?

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by:Saqib Husain, Syed
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You can use worksheet protection for this. Why do you want to do this with VBA?
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Hi Axishk..

you should be able to accomplish this by protecting your sheet with the right parameters,

Insert the code in your Object Module to disable inserting Cells.


Private Sub Workbook_SheetActivate(ByVal Sh As Object) 

     'ProtectSheet
    ActiveSheet.Protect AllowInsertingColumns:=False, AllowInsertingRows:=False, UserInterfaceOnly:=True         
End Sub 

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Code to prevent Deletion of rows and coloums

If ((Target.Address = Target.EntireRow.Address Or _ 
    Target.Address = Target.EntireColumn.Address)) Then 
         
         
        With Application 
            .EnableEvents = False 
            .Undo 
            MsgBox "No deleting rows or columns", 16 
            .EnableEvents = True 
        End With 
         
    Else 
         
        Exit Sub 
         
    End If

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The VBA for the same is

    ActiveSheet.Protect DrawingObjects:=AllowInsertingColumns:=True, AllowInsertingRows:=True, _
        AllowDeletingColumns:=True, AllowDeletingRows:=True
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How to modify the coding for checking the "INPUT" WORKSHEET only ?

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Worksheets("Input").Protect AllowInsertingColumns:=True, AllowInsertingRows:=True, _
        AllowDeletingColumns:=True, AllowDeletingRows:=True
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