How to prevent deleting rows or columns in a shared unprotected workbook?
When you share a workbook to others, how can you prevent others from deleting the columns or rows of your shared workbook without protecting the workbook? Here I find a VBA code that can prevent others from deleting the columns and rows in a shared workbook.
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1. Press Alt + F11 to open a Microsoft Visual Basic for Application window.
2. Click Insert > Module to open a Module window, then copy the following VBA to the window.
VBA: Prevent deleting rows or columns.
Sub StopDeleteRowCols() 'Updateby20140708 Dim xBarControl As CommandBarControl For Each xBarControl In Application.CommandBars.FindControls(ID:=293) xBarControl.Enabled = False Next For Each xBarControl In Application.CommandBars.FindControls(ID:=294) xBarControl.Enabled = False Next End Sub
3. Click Run button or F5 key on the keyboard to run this code.
Then when others right click to delete selected columns or rows, the Delete option cannot be applied in the context menu. See screenshot:
(1) If you have shared your workbook with Review > Share Workbook, you can’t add any VBA macros any longer. Therefore, you’d better add the VBA before sharing the workbook.
(2) This VBA will disable the Delete in the context menu in all workbooks when you right click selected columns or rows.
(3) To restore the Delete in the context menu, please replace both False with True in the VBA above, and run the VBA again.