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:
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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:
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 8: In the Protect Sheet dialog box, enter a password in the blank box under Password to unprotect sheet:. See the following screen shot:
Step 9: Confirm Password dialog box pops up, please reenter the password again.
Step 10: Click OK.
Then it locks and protects only selected cells and ranges in current worksheet, while unselect ranges are editable.
Kutools for Excel's Selection Unlock utility and Selection Lock utility enable you to unlock/lock all selected cells with only one click, and then you can protect the whole worksheet with allowing unlocked cells to be edited.
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.
If you have Kutools for Excel installed, it’s another Encrypt Cells utility can help you quickly lock and protect selected cells quickly. You can do as follows:
1. Select the cells that you want to lock and protect, and click the Enterprise > Encrypt Cells.
2. In the opening Encrypt Cells dialog box, type your password into both Password box and Confirm box, and click the Ok button.
Then you will see all selected cells are encrypted at once as following screen shot shown:
Note: You can decrypt these encrypted cells with clicking Enterprise > Decrypt, and then type you password into opening dialog box.
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