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I have all my info in a hughe ammount of books and they are all linked b/w them (about 15 books with 5-10 sheets each), the big issue is this:

Every time someone changes anything in any book most of my links get broken or they grab the wrong info, it takes up to 5-7 hours just to find the cell/column/etc. that got changed to fix it.

I've been thinking in protecting all my books and sheets and only allow users to change certain data by unprotecting specific cells, and then create a macro that open/unprotect all books/sheets so when a major structure/formula change is needed, all files linked to that book are open (cause I belive excel updates their formulas-links when they are open).

then create another macro that protects every single sheet of all books, saves and closes them...

questions are:

1. Is this ok?, or am I just wasting my time?

2. Is there a shorter easier way to prevent this from happening (broken links)?

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[Code] ....

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