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How to allow merge cells within protected worksheet in Excel?

By default, a protected worksheet does not allow users to merge cells. However, you can merge cells within protected worksheet with VBA method as we provide in this article.

Allow merge cells within protected worksheet with VBA code

arrow blue right bubbleAllow merge cells within protected worksheet with VBA code

Please run the below VBA code to merge selected cells within protected worksheet in Excel.

1. Select cells you need to merge in the protected worksheet.

2. Press the Alt + F11 keys simultaneously to open the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window.

3. In the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window, click Insert > Module. Then copy and paste the below VBA code into the Code window.

VBA code: Allow merge cells within protected worksheet

Sub MyMergeCells()
    Application.ScreenUpdating = False
    ActiveSheet.Unprotect "123" 
    ActiveSheet.Protect "123" 
    Application.ScreenUpdating = true   
End Sub

Note: In the code, number “123” is the password of the protected worksheet. Please change it as you need.

4. Press the F5 key to run the code. And click the OK button in the popping up Microsoft Excel dialog box. See screenshot:

Now the selected cells are merged immediately in the protected worksheet.

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