Using Windows security rather than password protecting Excel files for ease of use...

I  have a scenario where a director is going to be viewing summarized data in an Excel workbook from 3-4 other password protected workbooks. I assume s/he will not be able to do that without opening the other files....assuming s/he wants to see the most recent data. What would you recommend? I'm considering recommending that they set up a special group for that drive so that those people in that group can freely access all data within that drive (note the formulas etc will be locked down in the file) but that people outside it can't. Any suggestions? Thanks
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Sounds exactly what I would do.

If probably only drop the file in there once done, and keep the originals elsewhere safe - that way if they trash any formulae then no big deal.


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Roy CoxGroup Finance ManagerCommented:
If the viewers do not need to amend  the data then what about a dynamic image of the data?

Data is on a hidden sheet and amendments to the data will reflect in the image automatically.
agwalshAuthor Commented:
The viewers do need to input the data for let's say 4 centres in 4 different locations. The director wants to see a summary file of all four locations - s/he only really wants to see the summaries. Each of the sheets will only be open for data entry in specific areas. Everything else is locked down. So a user can view the summary data for his/her centre but the director will have another file pulling the desired stats from all 4 centres. I plan to use tables in the files so even if extra people etc are added in the formulas will be dynamic.
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Rob HensonFinance AnalystCommented:
The Summary file can be viewed by anyone with access to that folder but if the source files are in a different folder to which he/she does not have access then the viewer of the Summary file will not be able to update the links to get the latest data from the source files.

In some instances the formulas may create errors when recalculated.

It is dependent on the method of linking. Examples of formulas between files:

Still work when source file closed
SUM of specific range
Reference to specific cell

Does not work when source file closed
INDIRECT when creating/referring to a link to another file

These are just examples that I am aware of.
Roy CoxGroup Finance ManagerCommented:
If they don't need to manipulate the data then the method that I have used can be adapted for your needs.
Shaun VermaakTechnical SpecialistCommented:
I would link the source workbooks to the master workbook. This way you can use any function and update live or on demand. To be able to see anything other than cached values users will need read rights on these linked workbooks
Splitting points and closing question.

If there are any further queries, please do post back, or start a new question, and I'm happy to (try to) help further.
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