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How to limit scroll area of a worksheet in Excel?

When we use a workbook, sometimes, we want to restrict scrolling the worksheet. It means, the worksheet will be fixed on a range of cells and not scroll beyond this range. Are there any quick tricks for us to limit the scroll area of a worksheet?

Limit scroll area of a worksheet by entering the range address manually

Limit scroll area of all worksheets with VBA code

Limit scroll area of a worksheet with Kutools for Excel

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arrow blue right bubble Limit scroll area of a worksheet by entering the range address manually


You can enter the cell address manually to disable the scroll area, please do with the following steps:

1. Activate the worksheet that you want to limit the scroll area.

2. Hold down Alt + F11 keys to open the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window, and then click View > Properties Window, see screenshot:

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3. And in the Properties Window list, enter a range address in the ScrollArea property box, see screenshot:

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4. Then close this window, and you will be restricted to move to or select the cells outside the range you are specified.

Notes:

1. The cell address you enter must be a contiguous range.

2. If you want to cancel the scroll area limit, you just need to delete the range address from the ScrollArea property box in above step3.


arrow blue right bubble Limit scroll area of all worksheets with VBA code

Sometimes, you need to set the scroll area limit for all worksheets in your workbook of the used range. In this case, the following VBA code can help you to limit all the worksheets scroll area 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.

VBA code: Limit scroll area of all worksheets

Sub SetAllScrollAreas()
'Update 20140326
Dim ws As Worksheet
For Each ws In Application.ActiveWorkbook.Worksheets
    ws.ScrollArea = ws.UsedRange.Address
Next
End Sub

3. Then press F5 key to run this code, it will set the scroll area for each worksheet in your current workbook which based on the used range.

Note: If you want to remove the scroll area limit of all the worksheets, you can apply below VBA code:

VBA code: Remove scroll area limit of all worksheets

Sub SetAllScrollAreas()
'Update 20140326
Dim ws As Worksheet
For Each ws In Application.ActiveWorkbook.Worksheets
    ws.ScrollArea = ""
Next
End Sub

arrow blue right bubble Limit scroll area of a worksheet with Kutools for Excel

If you want a more convenient way to solve this task, here is a handy tool-Kutools for Excel, with its Set Scroll Area function, you can limit your specified range with only one click.

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After installing Kutools for Excel, please do with the following steps:

1. Highlight the range cells which you want to limit the scroll area.

2. Click Kutools > Show /Hide > Set Scroll Area, see screenshot:

doc-limit-scroll-area1

And only your selected cells are visible, others are hidden and disable to view or edit.

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Note: To cancel the scroll area limitation, you should click Kutools > Show / Hide > Unhide All Ranges, see screenshot:

doc-limit-scroll-area1

For more detailed information about Set Scroll Area, go to Set Scroll Area.


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    JDF · 3 years ago
    Did you save it as macro enabled file or just standard excel xlsx file?
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    Mattias Nowenwik · 3 years ago
    Hi. If I set the scroll area limit (a1:g22) it limits the scrolling. But if Id save the work book, close the file and then re-open the file, the scroll area limit code is removed. Why is that?

    Excel 2013

    BR
    Mattias