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How to lock/unlock cells in a protected worksheet?

Author: Sun Last Modified: 2020-07-08

In Excel, the cells are locked when you protect a worksheet by default. But if you want to unlock certain cells in a protected worksheet, how can you solve it? Here I will tell you some tricks to lock or unlock cells in a protected worksheet.

Lock/unlock cells in protected worksheet in Format Cells feature

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To lock or unlock cells in a protected worksheet, you need to unprotect the worksheet first.

1. Click Review > Unprotect Sheet, then type password in the Unprotect Sheet dialog, and click OK. See screenshot:


2. Then select the cells you want to unlock, and right click to select Format Cells in the context menu. See screenshot:


3. In the Format Cells dialog, click Protection tab, then uncheck Locked box to unlock the cells, and if you want to lock the cells, check the Locked box. See screenshot:


4. Click OK to close the dialog. Then protect the worksheet again, you can find the unlocked cells can be edited, and the locked cells cannot be edited.

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If you have installed Kutools for Excel, you can use its Worksheet Design utility to quickly unprotect the worksheet and lock or unlock cells in Excel.

Kutools for Excel, with more than 300 handy functions, makes your jobs more easier. 

After free installing Kutools for Excel, please do as below:

1. Click Kutools Plus > Worksheet Design to show the Design tab in the ribbon. See screenshot:

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2. Click Unprotect Sheet to show the Unprotect Sheet dialog, and type the password and click OK to unprotect the worksheet.

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3. Select a range cells you want to lock or unlock, and click Lock Cells or Unlock Cells under Design tab to lock or unlock the selected cells. See screenshot:

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4. In one of following Kutools for Excel dialogs, click OK to close it.

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Then you can protect the worksheet again by clicking Protect Sheet, and click Close Design to exit the Design.
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I don't know the password in a protected sheet. This article didn't help me bypass the password at all. I don't know what it is and need to make adjustments to the excel file. This article assumes that I'm the one that made the password. Please help me in getting the sheet unlocked. This is the reason I clicked this link as it said it would help me lock or unlock a file.
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  Sir, Madam, hope you are fine. i am facing problem of calculating the locked cell. how can i un locked these cells.   13,296        8,680        4,483     15,992     10,430        5,384     14,929        9,743        5,031 Total Please help in this regard. Thanks Naveed
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