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Protecting embedded MS Excel graphs with a password

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I would like to protect a worksheet in MS Excel. It is rather easy to protect the cells, but the graphs don’t work anymore. The grapsh are created with VBA.
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Question by:Frans_Truyens
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by:Rob Henson
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As the graphs are created in VBA, unprotect the sheet at the start of the routine and then protect it again at the end of the routine.

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Rob H
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by:Frans_Truyens
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How do I unprotect an embedded chart?
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by:Rob Henson
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How is the chart getting embedded and protected?

I am not aware of a means of protecting a chart other than by protecting the sheet that it is on.
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by:Frans_Truyens
ID: 40625421
It is a complex MS Excel sheet with VBA behind it. When clicked on buttons, it needs to be unprotected, and protected again. I will try. I will keep you informed.
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by:Frans_Truyens
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No. THis is not possible. I need the double-click on the embedded charts. And the double-click doesn't work when the chart is protected. I need to protect the sheet, the cells I mean, and unprotect the embedded charts
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by:Rob Henson
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In the Protect Sheet Pop-up there is a list of activities that are allowed when the sheet is protected. One of these is Edit Objects. If you tick that option the chart on the sheet is still selectable.

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Rob H
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by:Frans_Truyens
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It is not that easy. When I do that, I cannot run my code. I need to be able to run the code, to update the charts. Either I don't lock the graphs, either I cannot update them. It is not that easy
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by:Rory Archibald
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I think you need to be more specific. Why can't you run your code? What happens?
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by:Frans_Truyens
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The code is first deleting the previous chart, the contents of it. eg. de bars of the barchart. When I lock the graph, I can't delete the bars of the barchart.
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by:Rory Archibald
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Again, your code should unprotect the sheet, do what it needs to do, then reprotect the sheet.
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by:Frans_Truyens
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Problem is, when protected, the graphs should support the double-click event.
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by:Rory Archibald
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How are you intercepting that when they aren't protected?
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by:Frans_Truyens
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Indeed. I intercept the double-click event of the barcharts, I have written code for that. When they double-click on a barchart, or linechart, they jump to another sheet.
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Rory Archibald earned 500 total points
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All you need to do is right-click the chart, choose Format Chart Area, then in the Properties section, uncheck the Locked property.
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by:Frans_Truyens
ID: 40625489
I am working with Excel 365. I don't find that checkbox
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by:Frans_Truyens
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I found!! I will try it.
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by:Frans_Truyens
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It works. Thanks.
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