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How to lock and unlock specified cells with a checkbox in Excel?

Author: Siluvia Last Modified: 2020-09-07

This article is talking about using a checkbox to lock and unlock a range of specified cells in Excel.

Lock and unlock specified cells with a checkbox by using VBA code

Lock and unlock specified cells with a checkbox by using VBA code

The below VBA script can help you to unlock or lock a range of specified cells when checking or unchecking a checkbox in worksheet. Please do as follows.

1. Firstly, you need to specify a name to the range of cells which you need to lock and unlock with a checkbox.

Here I select range A1:A14, type a name LockRng into the Name box, and then press the Enter key. See screenshot:

2. In the worksheet contains the checkbox you will use to lock and unlock cells, right click the Sheet Tab, and then click View Code from the right-clicking menu.

Note: The check box should be ActiveX check box when you inserting.

3. In the popping up Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window, please copy and paste the below VBA code into the Code window.

VBA code: Lock or unlock a range of specified cells with a checkbox

Private Sub CheckBox1_Click()
    On Error Resume Next
    If CheckBox1.Value = True Then
        Selection.Locked = Fals
        MsgBox "Range cells " & Selection.Address & " has been unlocked", vbInformation, "Kutools for Excel"
        Selection.Locked = True
        MsgBox "Range cells " & Selection.Address & " has been locked", vbInformation, "Kutools for Excel"
    End If
End Sub

Note: In the code, Checkbox1 is the name of the checkbox, LockRng is the name of the specified range cell. You can change them as you need.

4. Press the Alt + Q keys simultaneously to close the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window.

Now you can test the code. When unchecking the checkbox, a Kutools for Excel dialog box will pop up to tell you the specified range has been locked, please click the OK button.

While checking the checkbox, all cells in the specified range will be unlocked and you will get a Kutools for Excel dialog box as below right screenshot shown.

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