Edit Locked Formula Cells

Aug 12, 2006

I have a template that I have hidden the formulas but allowed editing. Is it possible to create a pop up box for the end user to use to edit a cell with the hidden formula? This is a budget template with already set up formulas but the end user needs to be able to make edits but the end users are beginner excel users and if they double click on the cell the formula will automatically delete leaving the cell blank. I need a way around this so they cant view the formula but only change the data if they really mean to change it.

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I have tried to give them the ability to select the locked cells and then copy, but that means that the formulae in the cell is copied as well.

how I can let people copy a locked cell without the formulae?

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Sub PastSpec()
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On Error GoTo ErrHan
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:=False, Transpose:=False
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File names are:
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"Random_workbook_selected_from_previous_filename.xls" (alias: FileName - the copy-to file being updated)
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Comma Delimited table layout in "Finished Goods Inventory TREE (ToDMSI).xls":
Col A, Col B, Col C, Col D
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Here's the

Public FileName

Public Workfile

Public ItemCode

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I have had a workbook that has 2 sheets.

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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.

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

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What I'm trying to do has been done before, However, all of the Code i am seeing online is not working for me...so maybe i'm missing something

I want a range of cells to remain locked unless SCP is entered. I need this done for four different selections (SCP, SD, MM, PP)

So if SCP is entered, then a certain range of cells remains locked, If SD is entered then another range of cells remains locked, so on and so forth for the 4 selections.

This was what I was working with.... However, i am not sure if i need to protect or unprotect the spreadsheet before i run the macro, also am i supposed to leave all cells locked or unlocked?

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I am fairly new to Macros and such so please bare with me. I work with workbooks that have 30-50 worksheets in them. They are fairly complex and we send them out to our agents to use and need them protected so they cant change anything. I found how I can protect all the worksheets with one macro. There is one more part that I would like to add to this macro that I cant seem to find an answer for on these forums (Yes I have spent the better part of the day looking).

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I will run a macro to lock the entire sheet again once the sheet closes.

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Unfortunately, once the code has run and has finished re-protecting my sheet, it doesn't allow the user to select locked cells. These locked cells contain hyperlinks, and they need to click on these hyperlinks to navigate through my workbook.

So I have two questions:

1. How can I enable allow user to select locked cells
2. Do I have to allow the user to select locked cells to access my hyperlinks, or is there another option?

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I need to unlock and lock certain cells when other cells have data entered.

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1. Cell C6 must have a value entered greater than or equal to 50, when this value is entered I need to unlock cells C5 and C9 and lock cell C7
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I have this excel sheet I'm trying to create (to make my life better at work). It's to track credit card refunds. It'll be saved on sharepoint. So my department will fill in the data on the "Ops" side, and then the accounts department will fill in their side. It's very rudimentary, but anything is better than the old, tattered BOOK we are currently using.

So far, I have the user/date/time stamps autofill, when the user fills in "Entered by" or "Recieved by". I have those cells locked so no one can edit it. I have separte passwords for both sides (Ops and Accounts).

What I want now is to be able to:

1. Lock each line once it's been entered and saved. Say my department fills in one entry. We save it. After that, it CANNOT be edited. If there are any changes, I'll put in a remarks column so people can enter stuff.

2. If someone enters the first two columns (Guest name, booking number), then the "Entered by" HAS to be filled, or the workbook cannot be saved.

3. ONLY letters can be used for Guest Name and Entered by. I've tried different things for this. While I've managed to make it work if the user enters a digit first, I can still enter John56, and it'll pass. I need it to only allow letters (and spaces).

4. The "Booking Number" should only allow six digits. No less no more than six digits. It can be 000001 even. But it has to have six. And, obviously, no letters, no spaces.

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Private Sub Workbook_Open()
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Next wSheet
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In the sheet1 module, I've got this code:

Private Sub Worksheet_Change(ByVal Target As Excel.Range)
On Error GoTo enditall
Application.EnableEvents = False
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