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How to protect header and footer in Excel?

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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    Tracy · 11 days ago
    After shutting down and reopening the excel file, the header/footer can still be deleted. So how to fix this? 
    Thank you very much!
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    rebeca · 2 years ago
    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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    AGRONKS · 2 years ago
    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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    Spencer · 4 years ago

    Love the code to protect the header and footer, is there a way to change the font size, style, and color in the code so it is always replaced with a larger font?