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How to lock and protect selected cells in Excel?

It's easy to lock and protect the whole worksheet or workbook with clicking the Protect Sheet button or Protect Workbook button under Review tab. However, sometimes you may need to lock and protect only specific cells or selections in a sheet. How would you like to do? This article will guide you to lock and protect selected cells or ranges in Excel with following steps:

Lock and protect selected cells with modifying cell formatting

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The following steps will guide you to unlock all cells in current firstly, lock required cells and ranges, and then protect current worksheet. Please do as follows:

Step 1: Select all cells in current worksheet with pressing the Ctrl key and A key together.

Step 2: Right click, and select the Format Cell item from the context menu.

Step 3: In the Format Cells dialog box, uncheck the Locked option under Protection tab, and click OK button. See the following screen shot:

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Step 4: Select cells and ranges that you want to lock.

Step 5: Right click selected ranges, and select the Format Cell item from the context menu.

Step 6: In the Format Cells dialog box, check the Lock option under Protection tab, and click OK.

Step 7: Click the Protect Sheet button in the Changes group under Review tab.

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Step 8: In the Protect Sheet dialog box, enter a password in the blank box under Password to unprotect sheet:. See the following screen shot:

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Step 9: Confirm Password dialog box pops up, please reenter the password again.

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Step 10: Click OK.

Then it locks and protects only selected cells and ranges in current worksheet, while unselect ranges are editable.


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Step 1: Press Ctrl + A keys simultaneously to select all cells in current worksheet.

Step 2: Click Enterprise > Worksheet Design to activate the Design tab, and then click the Design > Selection Unlock. See screen shot:

Then a dialog box comes out to tell you selected cells have been unlocked. Just click the OK button to close it.

Step 3: Select cells and ranges that you want to lock, and click the Design > Selection Lock.

Then click the OK button to close the popping up Kutools for Excel dialog box.

Step 4: Click the Design > Protect Sheet or Review > Protect Sheet, and then you can follow the same steps we introduced in the first method to protect current worksheet.

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