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How to unprotect multiple worksheets at once in Excel?

If you have a workbook contains multiple protected worksheets with the same password, and now you need to unprotect them for modifying some information. Maybe, you can unprotect the sheets one by one with Unprotect Sheet in Excel, but this will waste a lot of time when there are multiple sheets need to be unprotected. Here, I will introduce you some quick ways to unprotect multiple protected sheets.

Unprotect multiple sheets at once with VBA code

Unprotect multiple sheets at once with Kutools for Excel


arrow blue right bubble Unprotect multiple sheets at once with VBA code

If you are good at VBA code, the following code may be help you quickly to unprotect multiple sheets at once.

1. Hold down the ALT + F11 keys, and it opens the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window.

2. Click Insert > Module, and paste the following code in the Module Window.

Sub unprotect_all_sheets() 
On Error Goto booboo 
unpass = InputBox("Please enter the password:") 
For Each Worksheet In ActiveWorkbook.Worksheets 
Worksheet.Unprotect Password:=unpass
Next
Exit Sub 
booboo: MsgBox "There is s problem - check your password, capslock, etc." 
End Sub 

3. Then press F5 key to run the code, and enter the password that you have applied for the protected sheets. (the protected sheets must have the same password)See screenshot:

4. Click OK, and the protected sheets have been unprotected at once.


arrow blue right bubble Unprotect multiple sheets at once with Kutools for Excel

Kutools for Excel’s Unprotect Worksheet is a handy tool which can help you quickly to unprotect multiple sheets with the same password at once.

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After installing Kutools for Excel, please do as follows:

1. Click Kutools Plus > Unprotect Worksheet, see screenshot:

2. In the Unprotect Worksheet dialog box, the protected sheets will be listed in the Worksheet list box, then check the sheet names that you want to unprotect, and click OK, then input the password that you have applied for the protected sheets (the protected sheets must have the same password) in the popped out dialog box, see screenshot:

3. And then click OK, a prompt box will remind you how many sheets have been unprotected. Then click OK, all the selected sheets have been unprotected in your workbook. See screenshot:

Tips: To protect all of the worksheets within your workbook at once, you just need to apply Protect Worksheet of Kutools for Excel as following screenshot shown:

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arrow blue right bubble Demo: Protect and Unprotect multiple sheets at once with Kutools for Excel

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I downloaded the kutools (trial version) and installed it as an administrator. I opened a workbook that had 12 worksheets that were protected with same password. Ran the unprotect utility and followed instructions. it said that all Sucessfully unprotected 12 sheets. when I tried to edit them it said the worksheet is password proctected. It did not work. I am not doing something correctly.
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Hello Sir, unprotect multiple sheets at once is very useful for me. thanks!
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worked !! thanks handy command
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Is it possible to lock sheets, but retain the ability to add rows and use filters.
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When you say "Unprotect multiple sheets at once with Kutools", does it actually do it at once, in parallel, or does it still do it sequentially? (Does this provide a speed improvement over doing it sequentially?) thank you
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I just installed it, but I don't see the "Enterprise" tab on the menu. I wanted to test the feature to unprotect multiple sheets at once, but can't find that feature anywhere. The options I have on my menu are Kutools and Kutools Plus, but not Enterprise. What am I missing?
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Hello, Paulo,
Sorry for this, the Enterprise tab has been renamed as Kutools Plus, you can find the Unprotect Worksheet from the Kutools Plus tab, please check the below screenshot:
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Hi,

in my work i have to deal every day with multiple excel files , and inside each one protect sheets, all has same password , 7b7b3b1b5b5b5 is there any way to unprotect all the sheets inside for example ( 100 excel files and more ).

best regards,
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Hello Ali,

Glad to help. You can use our Decrypt workbooks feature of Kutools Plus of Kutools for Excel. You can choose no matter how many files, then input the passward. Just a few clicks and all is done. Please see the screenshots.

Our Kutools for Excel supports a 30-day free trial with full features. Here is the download link: https://www.extendoffice.com/download/kutools-for-excel.html. Plesae have a try.

Sincerely,
Mandy
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This code worked for years, but now it doesn't :( It always says password error, but if I individually unlock each tab it is fine. Did something change with excel to wreck the code?
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Hello, LL,
I have tested the code, it works well in my workbook, could you upload your file here if you don't mind? we can help to check the problem.
Or you can try our KTE feature this article introduces, it supports a 30-day free trial with full features, you can download it here: https://www.extendoffice.com/download/kutools-for-excel.html.

Thank you!
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