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How to disable cut, copy and paste functions in Excel?

Supposing you have a workbook with important data which you need to protect from being cut, copied and pasted. How to achieve it? This article provides a VBA method for you to disable the cut, copy and paste functions at the same time in an Excel workbook.

Disable cut, copy and paste functions with VBA code

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Please do as follows to disable the cut, copy and paste functions in an Excel workbook.

1. In the workbook you need to disable the cut, copy and paste functions, please press the Alt + F11 keys simultaneously to open the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window.

2. In the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window, please double click ThisWorkbook in the left Project pane, and then copy and paste the below VBA code into the ThisWorkbook (Code) window. See screenshot:

VBA code: Disable the cut, copy and paste functions at the same time in Excel

Private Sub Workbook_Activate()
Application.CutCopyMode = False
Application.OnKey "^c", ""
Application.CellDragAndDrop = False
End Sub

Private Sub Workbook_Deactivate()
Application.CellDragAndDrop = True
Application.OnKey "^c"
Application.CutCopyMode = False
End Sub

Private Sub Workbook_WindowActivate(ByVal Wn As Window)
Application.CutCopyMode = False
Application.OnKey "^c", ""
Application.CellDragAndDrop = False
End Sub

Private Sub Workbook_WindowDeactivate(ByVal Wn As Window)
Application.CellDragAndDrop = True
Application.OnKey "^c"
Application.CutCopyMode = False
End Sub

Private Sub Workbook_SheetSelectionChange(ByVal Sh As Object, ByVal Target As Range)
Application.CutCopyMode = False
End Sub

Private Sub Workbook_SheetActivate(ByVal Sh As Object)
Application.OnKey "^c", ""
Application.CellDragAndDrop = False
Application.CutCopyMode = False
End Sub

Private Sub Workbook_SheetDeactivate(ByVal Sh As Object)
Application.CutCopyMode = False
End Sub

3. Then please press the Alt + Q keys to exit the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window.

Now you can’t cut or copy data from this workbook, meanwhile, data you have copied from other sheets or workbooks cannot be pasted into this workbook.

Note: The drag and drop function is also disabled after running the above VBA code.


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    Apolo · 1 months ago
    Thank you, very useful.
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    RAHUL MODI · 4 months ago
    THANKS SIR
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    RN PK · 7 months ago
    Thanks it works perfect ....can it be applied on a range only somehow?
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    Sam · 9 months ago
    It really works well, thanks a lot.
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    Vic · 9 months ago
    Hi, the code works well thanks.
    However, the read only option was enabled. (if you don't want to modify). If I set ..File, save as, tools, general options, read only recommended.. then the code does not work.

    Thanks in advance.
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    Al Hammad · 1 years ago
    Thank your for your direction.I am Trying in office 2013 ,but nothing changed.
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    Garak0410 · 1 years ago
    Was super glad to find this post but I need a little help in limiting this to a single worksheet in a multi-worksheet Workbook. And need to know how to execute this without user intervention...we need this ASAP on a workbook to help prevent errors.
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      crystal · 1 years ago
      Good day,
      The following VBA code can help you to solve the problem. And don't forget to replace "Sheet2" in the code with your sheet name.

      Public mJWSName As String

      Private Sub Workbook_Open()
      mJWSName = "Sheet2"
      End Sub

      Private Sub Workbook_Activate()
      If ActiveSheet.Name = mJWSName Then
      Application.CutCopyMode = False
      Application.OnKey "^c", ""
      Application.CellDragAndDrop = False
      End If
      End Sub

      Private Sub Workbook_Deactivate()
      Application.OnKey "^c", ""
      Application.CellDragAndDrop = True
      Application.CutCopyMode = False
      End Sub


      Private Sub Workbook_WindowActivate(ByVal Wn As Window)
      If ActiveSheet.Name = mJWSName Then
      Application.CutCopyMode = False
      Application.OnKey "^c", ""
      Application.CellDragAndDrop = False
      End If
      End Sub

      Private Sub Workbook_WindowDeactivate(ByVal Wn As Window)
      Application.OnKey "^c"
      Application.CellDragAndDrop = True
      Application.CutCopyMode = False
      End Sub

      Private Sub Workbook_SheetSelectionChange(ByVal Sh As Object, ByVal Target As Range)
      On Error Resume Next
      If Sh.Name = mJWSName Then
      Application.CutCopyMode = False
      End If
      End Sub

      Private Sub Workbook_SheetActivate(ByVal Sh As Object)
      On Error Resume Next
      If Sh.Name = mJWSName Then
      Application.OnKey "^c", ""
      Application.CellDragAndDrop = False
      Application.CutCopyMode = False
      End If
      End Sub

      Private Sub Workbook_SheetDeactivate(ByVal Sh As Object)
      Application.OnKey "^c"
      Application.CellDragAndDrop = True
      Application.CutCopyMode = False
      End Sub
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        Garak0410 · 1 years ago
        One last question - Where does this code go and how does it get executed? The project this needs to work with attaches an XLA file to the Excel sheet that contains much of the code. Didn't know if this needs to go into a module or the code behind this sheet. Thanks...
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    Linda · 1 years ago
    Hi

    I´m a beginner of VBA codes and this code solved 99% of my problems.

    Is it possible to lock the hole sheet (as this code dose) but still have one cell unlocked?
    (Clarify, I would like to allow copy past in info in only one cell in the hole sheet).

    Best regards
    L
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      crystal · 1 years ago
      Hello Linda,
      You can solve the problem without using VBA code.
      Right click the cell and select Format Cells from the context menu, uncheck the Locked box under the Protection tab in the dialog. And then protect the worksheet with password.
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    Carmelo · 1 years ago
    Hi,
    Is it possible to disable "CUT" only? but I could still use the Copy and Paste?
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      crystal · 1 years ago
      Hi Carmelo,
      Please copy and paste the below code into the Workbook code window in your workbook and then save it as an Excel Macro-enabled workbook. Then the "Cut" function will be disabled.

      Option Explicit
      Private WithEvents Cmbrs As CommandBars

      Private Sub Workbook_Open()
      Set Cmbrs = Application.CommandBars
      End Sub

      Private Sub Workbook_Activate()
      If Application.CutCopyMode = 2 Then
      Application.CutCopyMode = 0
      End If
      End Sub

      Private Sub Cmbrs_OnUpdate()
      If Me Is ActiveWorkbook Then
      If Application.CutCopyMode = 2 Then
      Application.CutCopyMode = 0
      MsgBox "Cut Operations disabled"
      End If
      End If
      End Sub
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        ERCA · 1 years ago
        I tried just like you said but nothing happends. A want exactly the same, Only the
        "Cut" function disabled. I need to disable the "cut" option from Rightclick buton option and from the toolbar.
        It is posible crystal??
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          crystal · 1 years ago
          Good day,
          The code works well in my case. May I know your Office version?
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    Midas Pvt Ltd · 1 years ago
    Dear,

    i want to disable cut, copy, paste in excel 2007 sheet
    can you share code for this
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      crystal · 1 years ago
      Good Day,
      Thank you for your comment. I am trying to figure out the solution for Excel 2007. Please wait patiently.
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    Sky · 1 years ago
    How to enable the cut, copy and paste function back? Please advice!
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      crystal · 1 years ago
      Dear Sky
      Please run the below VBA1 (place the code in the ThisWorkbook module) to disable the cut, copy and paste function in your workbook.

      VBA1:
      Sub DelCopy()
      With Application
      .OnKey "^x", ""
      .OnKey "^c", ""
      .CommandBars("Cell").Controls(1).Enabled = False
      .CommandBars("Cell").Controls(2).Enabled = False
      End With
      End Sub

      And the run the VBA2 to enable all these functions back to your workbook.

      VBA2:
      Sub RecoverCopy()
      With Application
      .OnKey "^x"
      .OnKey "^c"
      .CommandBars("Cell").Controls(1).Enabled = True
      .CommandBars("Cell").Controls(2).Enabled = True
      End With
      End Sub
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        mags · 1 years ago
        This doesn't seem to have worked for me - should I delete the original VBA code and then paste the above in to enable the Cut, copy and paste function again?
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          crystal · 1 years ago
          Good Day,
          The VBA1in above comment is the replacement of the original code.
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    Martin · 2 years ago
    Thanks a Lot.Its working in entire worbook. Can we do the coding only for 1 sheet.Please help .
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    Martin · 2 years ago
    Thanks u Sir its working .But in Entire workbook. If i need this Code only i particular sheet.Is it Possible ??
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      sa · 1 years ago
      have you found an answer?
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    rafhtaher · 2 years ago
    i do as above but the function of cut copy and past disabled in any excel file i open .why?
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      Stuart Davis · 5 months ago
      Hi, I used this to hide "Cut" from users and it works great unless you have a Table, the "Cut" miraculously re-appears when you select a cell in the Table, exactly what i'm trying to avoid. any ideas? thanks!