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How to allow spell check in a protected worksheet in Excel?

By default, the Spelling feature will be disabled after protecting worksheet as below screenshot shown. How to allow spell check in a protected worksheet in Excel? This article can help you.

Allow spell check in a protected worksheet with VBA code

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arrow blue right bubble Allow spell check in a protected worksheet with VBA code


Please run the below VBA code to enable the spell check feature in a protected worksheet.

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

2. In the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window, click Insert > Module. Then copy and paste the below VBA code into the Module window. See screenshot:

VBA code: Allow spell check in a protected worksheet

Sub ProtectSheetCheckSpellCheck()
'Update by Extendoffice 2018/11/2
Dim xRg As Range
On Error Resume Next
Application.ScreenUpdating = False
    With ActiveSheet
        .Unprotect ("123")
        Set xRg = .UsedRange
        xRg.CheckSpelling
        .Protect ("123")
    End With
Application.ScreenUpdating = True
End Sub

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

3. Select the cell you need to enable the spell check in the protected worksheet, then run the VBA code by pressing the F5 key.

Then the Spelling dialog box pops up in the protected worksheet as below screenshot shown.


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    Veroncia · 7 months ago
    I'm trying to get a protected worksheet intended to be a form to have those fields that are entered by the form user to get spell check. This seems like you have to run VBA just to check one cell?
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      crystal · 6 months ago
      Hi,
      The code has been updated with the problem solved, please have a try. Thank you for your comment.
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    BrandiM · 7 months ago
    Thanks for this. It has worked well, except that it changes my sheet protection settings every time I run it. I have my sheet protected, but set to allow users to format cells, columns, and rows; but after running this code, the protection is set back to the default. How can I retain my settings?
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    JulieD · 10 months ago
    Hi, thanks for these steps, but please help!! I'm not getting the spell check window when pressing F5, instead I get a GoTo window listing all the names of the defined data ranges in my workbook. Thanks JulieD
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      crystal · 9 months ago
      Hi JulieD,
      It's my mistake of the description in step 3. After selecting the cell, you need to go back to the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window and then press the F5 key to run the code. Sorry for the mistake and thanks for your comment.