Pass sheet protected argument to Ribbon Control

Hi All,

I have put a toggle button on my Excel ribbon (customUI) to display and change the Sheet Protect status. When the control is clicked, Sheet Protecting for the active sheet is turned On or Off, depending on the current ProtectContents state.
This works fine, also for the onLoad event of the Ribbon, but I also would need the Ribbon control to detect whether a sheet is protected or not when I select or open another workbook/sheet.

How could I detect the ProtectContents state of any sheet (without having to put code in the worksheet.sheetActivate event - as it should also work for foreign files I have no control over) and pass it back to the toggle control, to make it reflect the current Protection status as pressed or not pressed:

Code for the ribbon control:

Option Explicit

Public gbProtectionState As Boolean
Public MyRibbon As IRibbonUI

'Callback for customUI.******
Sub ToggleProtection(ribbon As IRibbonUI)
On Error Resume Next
    Set MyRibbon = ribbon
    '--read previously saved value of toggle
    gbProtectionState = ActiveWorkbook.ActiveSheet.ProtectContents
End Sub

'Callback for TbtnToggleProtection onAction
Sub TbtnToggleProtectionIsClicked(control As IRibbonControl, pressed As Boolean)
    'call procedure to protect/unprotect sheet
    Call doProtectSheet
    'load sheet Protection status to global variable
    Call ChangeProtectionState
End Sub

'Get Protection state of current sheet
Private Sub ChangeProtectionState()
    gbProtectionState = ActiveWorkbook.ActiveSheet.ProtectContents
End Sub

'Callback for TbtnToggleProtection getPressed
Sub GetPPressed(control As IRibbonControl, ByRef returnedVal)
    returnedVal = gbProtectionState
End Sub

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XML in customUI:
<customUI xmlns="" onLoad="ToggleProtection" >
			<tab id="MyTab" label="MyTab" insertAfterMso="TabHome">
				<group id="customGroup" label="Cell/Protection Tools" >
                    			<toggleButton id="TbtnToggleProtection" 
                        			label="Sheet Protection"
                        			screentip="Turn sheet protection On or Off" 

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To pre-answer the following remark:
I don't look to copy the default Protect Sheet ribbon command, as that one would ask for a password when (in-/re-)protecting and in my code (doProtectSheet) I have that part pre-programmed, as well as asking the password when it's a foreign file.

So: how do I get the Protect State back from a newly selected sheet or workbook and copy it to the Pressed State of the toggle button?

Any help much appreciated, GrtZ BartH
Bart HoekselBI/VBA DeveloperAsked:
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Martin LissOlder than dirtCommented:
Not tested, but if you use the UserInterfaceOnly argument you can probably do what you want. For example:
Sheets("Sheet3").Protect UserInterfaceOnly:=True

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See this Microsoft article for more protection options:
Bart HoekselBI/VBA DeveloperAuthor Commented:
@Martin Liss
I am afraid this doesn't cover the issue.
Bart HoekselBI/VBA DeveloperAuthor Commented:

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