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How to protect header and footer in Excel?

Author: Xiaoyang Last Modified: 2020-06-04

In Excel, we can protect the cells quickly and easily, but, have you ever tried to protect the header and footer to prevent others modifying them? Normally, there is no direct way to solve this task in worksheet, but, the following VBA code may do you a favor.

Protect header and footer with VBA code


arrow blue right bubble Protect header and footer with VBA code

Header and footer are useful for us when printing worksheet, to prevent them being changed by others, please do with following steps:

1. Hold down the ALT + F11 keys to open the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window.

2. Then double click ThisWorkbook under the VBAProject section to open a blank module, and then copy and paste the following code into the module:

VBA code: Protect header and footer

Option Explicit
Private Sub Workbook_BeforePrint(Cancel As Boolean)
    Call ProtectHF
End Sub
Private Sub Workbook_BeforeSave(ByVal SaveAsUI As Boolean, Cancel As Boolean)
    Call ProtectHF
End Sub
Private Sub Workbook_Open()
    Call ProtectHF
End Sub
Private Sub ProtectHF()
'Updateby Extendoffice
    Application.ScreenUpdating = False
    ThisWorkbook.ActiveSheet.PageSetup.RightHeader = ""
    ThisWorkbook.ActiveSheet.PageSetup.RightFooter = ""
    ThisWorkbook.ActiveSheet.PageSetup.CenterFooter = "KTE-Sale-Report"
    ThisWorkbook.ActiveSheet.PageSetup.CenterHeader = "Created by Skyyang"
    ThisWorkbook.ActiveSheet.PageSetup.LeftHeader = ""
    ThisWorkbook.ActiveSheet.PageSetup.LeftFooter = ""
    Application.ScreenUpdating = True
End Sub

doc protect header footer 1

Note: You can insert the header or footer content into the corresponding location in the above code.

3. And then save and close this code, now, while clicking Save button to save this workbook, the modified header or footer content will be return to the original ones automatically if you have tried to change the header or footer , see screenshot:

doc protect header footer 2

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J'aime beaucoup, mais ce n'Est qu'une semi-sécurité pour l'en-tête. Je peux modifier les en-tête et les pied de page et imprimer avec la modification. Comment je pourrais empêcher toute modification exactement comme avec la protection de la feuille ???
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Hello, Michael,
In fact, when you print the worksheet, the header or footer are not changed. It just changes the display in the Print Preview.
Please try it again, thank you!
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Posso inserir uma imagem no cabeçalho?

Porque o meu cabeçalho é o logotipo da empresa.

Obrigada!
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After shutting down and reopening the excel file, the header/footer can still be deleted. So how to fix this? 
Thank you very much!
skyyang     Tracy
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Hello, Tracy,When you close the workbook, you should save it as Excel Macro-Enabled Workbook format, this will save the code.Reopening this file next time, please click Enable Content button from the top of the formula bar to activate the code.Please try, hope it can help you!
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notas: Puede insertar el contenido del encabezado o pie de página en la ubicación correspondiente en el código anterior.
No entiendo ese paso , por favor si pueden explicarme, lo agradecería.
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Hi used this with auto sheet name, file location, and page number and when saving it requires you to click in each field to print correctly.
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