Protect Certain Locked Cells From Editing And Allow Certain Unlocked Cells To Be Changed On Multiple Worksheets?

Jan 31, 2014

1.I need to protect certain locked cells from editing and allow certain unlocked cells to be changed on multiple worksheets.

2.When all of the changes are made to the unlocked cells, I need to password protect the entire workbook (except one worksheet) from any changes. (i.e. Prevent even the unlocked cells from being edited)

3.I also need a password to un-protect the workbook and return it to the state described in # 1. above .

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When Protecting Workbook With Pw, Unlocked Cells Are Still Locked

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I have had a workbook that has 2 sheets.

When I protect the main sheet with a password, the unlocked cells are also locked.

When I move my cursor over any cells, it has the pointed finger as though it has a macro over it, which it doesn't.

When I click on any cell, the screen flashes and a large part of the screen momentarily it looks like a selected area.

I also am using Freeze Panes. Removed the Freeze and still no good.

If I use the horizontal scroll bar and click the right arrow 3 times, they become unlocked.

If I move the screen 3 clicks to the left, it re-locks all of the unlocked cells.

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Now is there a way to automatically have the pasted value keep the destination formatting? Or perhaps is there a way to set the copy and paste settings so it only pastes text from Internet Explorer into Excel and not the formats?

It is not an option for the userbase to select the option choice of matching the destination formating when pasting as it is a very large user base without much Excel experience.

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I can not find a pattern but many people have had this issue all with no concrete answers.

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I have also trialed unlocking the whole row that the multi selection exists in, no effect.

My understanding of this code is at about 50%.

Is there a way of being able to lock the sheet and retain this ability of multi selection. Maybe there is some other code I could refer too?

' Developed by Contextures Inc.
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End If

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