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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.

Prevent deleting rows or columns in a shared workbook with VBA

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arrow blue right bubble Prevent deleting rows or columns in a shared workbook with VBA


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:

doc-disable-delete-row-column-1

Note:

(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.


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    Ian · 1 years ago
    Nice piece of code, but it doesn't prevent the user from using {ctrl} - to delete rows...
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    Manu Manjunath · 2 years ago
    Vba code to disable delete, cut and insert option in Excel hoe ribbon
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    Manu Manjunath · 2 years ago
    Can you Please share the vba code to disable Cut,Insert and Delete option in Home ribbon??? However i know thw vba code to disable it through right click and keyboard. But here i need code to disable cut, insert and delet option in excel home ribbon.