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How to make specific cells unselectable in Excel?

In many cases, you make need to protect some specific cells from editing even selecting in a worksheet. In this article, we will show

you two methods to make specific cells unselectable in a worksheet in details.

Make specific cells unselectable with Excel build-in functions

Make specific cells unselectable with Kutools for Excel

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Please do as follows to make specific cells unselectable in an Excel worksheet.

1. Click the button at the top left corner of worksheet to select all cells. Then press the Ctrl + 1 keys simultaneously to open the Format Cells dialog box.

2. In the Format Cells dialog box, go to the Protection tab, uncheck the Locked box, and then click the OK button. See screenshot:

3. Now you need to only select the specific cells which you don’t want to be selected, then press the Ctrl + 1 keys to open the Format Cells dialog box again.

4. In the Format Cells dialog box, check the Locked box under the Protection tab, and then click the OK button.

5. Now please protect your worksheet by clicking Review > Protect Sheet. See screenshot:

6. In the Protect Sheet dialog box, specify a password to protect the worksheet, uncheck the Select locked cells box, and then click the OK button. Go ahead to confirm your password in the Confirm Password dialog box, and click the OK button. See screenshot:

Now the worksheet is protected, and the specific cells in this worksheet are unselectable.


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This section recommend you to use a handy Excel add-in – Kutools for Excel to make specific cells unselectable in an Excel worksheet. Please do as follows.

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1. Click Enterprise > Worksheet Design. See screenshot:

2. Click the button at the top left corner of worksheet to select all cells. Click Selection Unlock under the Design tab, and then click the OK button in the popping up Kutools for Excel dialog box.

3. Now you need to only select the specific cells which you don’t want to be selected, click Selection Lock under the Design tab, and then click the OK button in the popping up Kutools for Excel dialog box.

4. Click Design > Protect Sheet to open the Protect Sheet dialog box. In the Protect Sheet dialog box, specify a password to protect the worksheet, uncheck the Select locked cells box, and then click the OK button. Go ahead to confirm your password in the Confirm Password dialog box, and click the OK button. See screenshot:

Now the specific cells in this worksheet are protected and unselectable in Excel.

Tip.If you want to have a free trial of this utility, please go to download the software freely first, and then go to apply the operation according above steps.


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