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

Author: Siluvia Last Modified: 2020-09-07

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


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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HI thank you for this information it works well, but it gives away the password to anyone that uses it? is there a way to hide it?
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Hi Bobbie Gower,
You can follow the following tutorial to hide the corresponding VBA Module to prevent others from viewing the password.
How to Protect and Hide Excel Macros
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Hello!
スペルチェックができるようになりましたが、選択した範囲以外も引っかかってしまいます。選択した部分のみチェックしたい場合には、どうすればいいですか?
すみません、随分前にアップされたようですが、もしまだアクセスされているようでしたら、ご返信いただければ幸いです。
よろしくお願いいたします。
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Hi korori,
I don't quite understand what you mean. The code works on the selected cells. If you want to check the spellings in a range, just select the range and run the code. Then the Spelling dialog box will pop up.
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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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Hi,
The code has been updated with the problem solved, please have a try. Thank you for your comment.
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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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You have to modify the .protect code by adding allow the criteria you want.
Worksheets("Sheet1").Protect,<span style="letter-spacing: 0.2px; color: inherit; font-family: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant-ligatures: inherit; font-variant-caps: inherit; font-weight: inherit;">:=False, AllowInsertingColumns:=False, AllowInsertingRows:=False,</span><span style="letter-spacing: 0.2px; color: inherit; font-family: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant-ligatures: inherit; font-variant-caps: inherit; font-weight: inherit;">:=False, AllowFiltering:=False, </span>
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So please help my with the correct code if possible, cant get it to work with AllowInsertingRows
.Protect ("Welkom") and then?????? bit of a nob tot this
my worksheet (tabs) is called for example P&A or BIOP
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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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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.
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So please help my with the correct code if possible, cant get it to work with AllowInsertingRows
.Protect ("Welkom") and then?????? bit of a nob tot this
my worksheet (tabs) is called for example P&A or BIOP
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