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How to select all unlocked cells in Excel?

Author: Xiaoyang Last Modified: 2014-07-17

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.

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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?

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