Tip: Other languages are Google-Translated. You can visit the English version of this link.
Log in


How to select all unlocked cells in Excel?

As far as we all know, excel cells are locked by default, when we protect worksheet and need to modify some specific cell values, we need to unlock the cells first. But how could you find and select all the unlocked cells if you want to do some changing?

Select all unlocked cells with VBA code

Select all unlocked cells with Kutools for Excel

arrow blue right bubbleSelect all unlocked cells with VBA code

The following VBA code can help you quickly to select all the unlocked cells at once, please do as this:

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.

VBA code: select all unlocked cells

Sub SelectUnlockedCells()
'Update 20130830
Dim WorkRng As Range
Dim OutRng As Range
Dim Rng As Range
On Error Resume Next
Set WorkRng = Application.ActiveSheet.UsedRange
Application.ScreenUpdating = False
For Each Rng In WorkRng
    If Rng.Locked = False Then
        If OutRng.Count = 0 Then
            Set OutRng = Rng
            Set OutRng = Union(OutRng, Rng)
        End If
    End If
If OutRng.Count > 0 Then OutRng.Select
Application.ScreenUpdating = True
End Sub

3. Then press F5 key to run this code, and all the unlocked cells have been selected. Then you can modify these cell values after the worksheet is protected.


  • 1.If there are no unlocked cells in your worksheet, this code will not take effect.
  • 2. This VBA code is only applied for the used range

arrow blue right bubbleSelect all unlocked cells with Kutools for Excel

If you are not familiar with VBA code, you can also select all the unlocked cells with a click by using this Select Unlocked Cells of Kutools for Excel.

Kutools for excel: with more than 300 handy Excel add-ins, free to try with no limitation in 30 days. Get it Now.

If you have installed Kutools for Excel, please do as this:

1. Select the range or the whole worksheet that you want to select the unlocked range of cells.

2. Click Kutools > Select Tools > Select Unlocked Cells, see screenshot:


3. And then all the unlocked cells in your selection have been selected at once as following screenshot shown:


If you want to know more about this feature, please click Select Unlocked Cells.

Related article:

How to identify and select all locked cells in Excel?

Recommended Productivity Tools for Excel

kte tab 201905

Kutools for Excel Helps You Always Finish Work Ahead of Time, and Stand Out From Crowd

  • More than 300 powerful advanced features, designed for 1500 work scenarios, increasing productivity by 70%, give you more time to take care of family and enjoy life.
  • No longer need memorizing formulas and VBA codes, give your brain a rest from now on.
  • Become an Excel expert in 3 minutes, Complicated and repeated operations can be done in seconds, 
  • Reduce thousands of keyboard & mouse operations every day, say goodbye to occupational diseases now.
  • 110,000 highly effective people and 300+ world-renowned companies' choice.
  • 60-day full features free trial. 60-day money back guarantees. 2 years of free upgrade and support.

Brings Tabbed Browsing and Editing to Microsoft Office, Far More Powerful Than The Browser's Tabs

  • Office Tab is designed for Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Other Office Applications: Publisher, Access, Visio and Project.
  • Open and create multiple documents in new tabs of the same window, rather than in new windows.
  • Increases your productivity by 50%, and reduces hundreds of mouse clicks for you every day!
Say something here...
symbols left.
You are guest ( Sign Up? )
or post as a guest, but your post won't be published automatically.
Loading comment... The comment will be refreshed after 00:00.

Be the first to comment.