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How to disable or do not allow Save & Save As options in Excel?

Normally, when we click Save or Save As function, our modified data in the workbook will be saved at once. But, sometimes, your Excel file is not allowed to be modified and saved by other users when they read the file. This article provides VBA method to disable the Save & Save As options in Excel.

Disable Save & Save As options with VBA code

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Disable Save & Save As options with VBA code


You can run the below VBA code to disable the Save & Save As options in Excel.

1. In the workbook you need to disable the Save & Save As functions, please press Alt + F11 keys simultaneously to open the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window.

2. In the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window, double click ThisWorkbook in the left bar, copy and paste the below VBA 1 into the Code window, and then click the Save button. See screenshot:

VBA 1: disable the Save & Save As options in Excel

Private Sub Workbook_BeforeClose(Cancel As Boolean)
    ThisWorkbook.Saved = True
End Sub

3. In the opening Save As window, select a folder to save the workbook, name the workbook as you need and select Excel Macro-Enabled Workbook from the Save as type drop-down list, and finally click the Save button.

4. Now copy and paste the below VBA 2 into the ThisWorkbook code window. See screenshot.

VBA 2: disable the Save & Save As options in Excel

Private Sub Workbook_BeforeSave(ByVal SaveAsUI As Boolean, Cancel As Boolean)
Dim xName As String
xName = "CancelBeforeSave"

If Not Evaluate("=ISREF('" & xName & "'!A1)") Then
    Sheets.Add(after:=Worksheets(Worksheets.count)).Name = xName & ""
    Sheets(xName & "").Move after:=Worksheets(Worksheets.count)
    Sheets(xName & "").Visible = False
    Exit Sub
End If
    Cancel = True
End Sub

5. Click the Save button to save the code, and then close the workbook.

The workbook has been saved as an Excel Macro-Enabled Workbook with the Save and Save As functions disabled.

Note: It seems that changes are saved in current worksheet every time you modify and save the workbook. But after closing and reopening the workbook, you will find the changes were failed to save.


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    Naomi · 5 months ago
    I keep getting debug error
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    Rogue · 1 years ago
    Just to help whoever else reads this article looking for help with suppressing the save button I thought I'd place the answer down here as "Crystal" doesn't seem to be answering the question....


    If you place the workbook in "Design Mode" and then hit SAVE it should work.
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      crystal · 1 years ago
      Dear Rogue,
      I miss the point of the problem. Thank you so much for your help and sharing.

      Best Regards
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    What they said · 2 years ago
    As TEE and LES posted, how do we save the file with the macro in?
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      crystal · 2 years ago
      Hi,
      Thank you for your question. The article is updated to support saving the code into workbook now.
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    Les Battersthee · 2 years ago
    As TEE posted, how do we save the file with the macro in? It is not there when I reopen. I am also now getting a bug on the ThisWorkbookSaved = True bit.
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      crystal · 2 years ago
      Dear Les,
      Thank you for your question. The article is updated to support saving the code into workbook now.
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    tee · 2 years ago
    this doesn't work. I can't save the code it's gone once I reopen the file. How do I save the code?
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      crystal · 2 years ago
      Dear tee,
      Thank you for your question. The article is updated to support saving the code into workbook now.
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        jen · 9 months ago
        dear
        the article is not updated. it doesnt work
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          crystal · 9 months ago
          Hi jen,
          The article has been updated again with the problem solving. Please have a try. Thank you for your comment.
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            I.C. Problems · 4 months ago
            The update to the code adds a sheet, but never actually checks whether there is a TRUE/FALSE value in that sheet. The update fixes nothing, it just creates a useless sheet within the workbook.

            I think you forgot to do a check whether there is a TRUE/FALSE value on that sheet.