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How to keep table expandable by inserting table row in a protected worksheet in Excel?

The auto expanding function of table will be lost after protecting the worksheet in Excel. For example, there is a table named Table1 in your protected worksheet, when you type anything under the last row, the table will not automatically expand to include the new row. Is there method to keep table expandable by inserting new row in a protected worksheet? The method in this article can help you to achieve it.

Keep table expandable by inserting table row in a protected worksheet with VBA code


Keep table expandable by inserting table row in a protected worksheet with VBA code

As below screenshot shown, a table named Table1 in your worksheet, and the last column of the table is a formula column. Now you need to protect the worksheet to prevent the formula column from changing, but allow to expand the table by inserting new row and assign new data into the new cells. Please do as follows.

1. Click Developer > Insert > Button (Form Control) to insert a Form Control button into your worksheet.

2. In the popping up Assign Macro dialog box, click the New button.

3. In the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window, please copy and paste the below VBA code between the Sub and End Sub paragraphs in the Code window.

VBA code: Keep table expandable by inserting table row in a protected worksheet

 'Update by ExtendOffice 20220826
    Dim xRg, tableRg As Range
    Dim xRowCount As Integer
    Dim pswStr As String
    pswStr = "123"
    On Error Resume Next
    Application.ScreenUpdating = False
    ActiveSheet.Unprotect Password:=pswStr

    Set tableRg = ActiveSheet.ListObjects("Table4").Range
    xRowCount = tableRg.Rows.Count
    
    Set xRg = Range("Table4[[#Headers],[Total]]").Offset(1, 0)
    Set yRg = xRg.Resize(xRowCount, 1)
    xRg.Resize(xRowCount - 1, 1).AutoFill Destination:=yRg, Type:=xlFillDefault

    ActiveSheet.Protect Password:=pswStr, DrawingObjects:=False, _
                    Contents:=True, Scenarios:=False, _
                    AllowFormattingCells:=True, AllowFormattingColumns:=True, _
                    AllowFormattingRows:=True, AllowInsertingColumns:=True, _
                    AllowInsertingRows:=True, AllowInsertingHyperlinks:=True, _
                    AllowDeletingColumns:=True, AllowDeletingRows:=True, _
                    AllowSorting:=True, AllowFiltering:=True, _
                    AllowUsingPivotTables:=True
    Application.ScreenUpdating = True

Notes:

1). In the code, number “123” is the password you will use to protect the worksheet.
2). Please change the table name and the name of the column that is containing formula you will protect.

4. Press the Alt + Q keys to close the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window.

5. Select the cells in the table you need to assign new data into except the formula column, then press the Ctrl + 1 keys to open the Format Cells dialog box. In the Format Cells dialog box, uncheck the Locked box, and then click the OK button. See screenshot:

6. Now protect your worksheet with password you have specified in the VBA code.

From now on, after clicking the Form Control button in your protected worksheet, the table will be expandable by inserting new row as below screenshot shown.

Note: you can modify the table except the formula column in the protected worksheet.


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hello, I've copied and pasted the code into VBA, amended the table name and selected the columns I want to protect. I click the button however all it does is protects the sheet but not add any new table rows. Any advice?
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Sub ButtonOut_Click()

Dim PswS As String
PswStr = "54321"

On Error Resume Next

Application.ScreenUpdating = False
ActiveSheet.Unprotect Password:=PswStr

ActiveSheet.ListObjects("Table1").ListRows.Add

ActiveSheet.Protect Password:=PswStr
Application.ScreenUpdating = True

End Sub
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The code is not working.
Several errors.

Dim xRg, tableRg As Range

xRg
is a variant not a range

yRg
not declared at all

Set xRg = Range("Table4[[#Headers],[Total]]").Offset(1, 0)

runtime error 1004
When I take away the TOTAL, it works.
It is not working with the total row displayed and neither when I hide the total row in the ribbon.

Normally your website is really great, but this article need improvment.
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Hi prem,
You need to make sure that the table name and column header specified in the code match the table name and column header in the worksheet. To avoid the 1004 error, you may need to enable the trust access to the VBA project object model in your Excel: click File > Options > Trust Center > Trust Center Settings > Macro Settings > and then check the Trust access to the VBA project object model box.
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Hi.

Thanks for sharing. Though I have a question... by using the code above, I can add one row at a time. How to add multiple rows in one click?

Thanks in advance.

'Update by ExtendOffice 20220826
Dim xRg, tableRg As Range
Dim xRowCount As Integer
Dim pswStr As String
pswStr = "123"
On Error Resume Next
Application.ScreenUpdating = False
ActiveSheet.Unprotect Password:=pswStr

Set tableRg = ActiveSheet.ListObjects("Table4").Range
xRowCount = tableRg.Rows.Count

Set xRg = Range("Table4[[#Headers],[Total]]").Offset(1, 0)
Set yRg = xRg.Resize(xRowCount, 1)
xRg.Resize(xRowCount - 1, 1).AutoFill Destination:=yRg, Type:=xlFillDefault

ActiveSheet.Protect Password:=pswStr, DrawingObjects:=False, _
Contents:=True, Scenarios:=False, _
AllowFormattingCells:=True, AllowFormattingColumns:=True, _
AllowFormattingRows:=True, AllowInsertingColumns:=True, _
AllowInsertingRows:=True, AllowInsertingHyperlinks:=True, _
AllowDeletingColumns:=True, AllowDeletingRows:=True, _
AllowSorting:=True, AllowFiltering:=True, _
AllowUsingPivotTables:=True
Application.ScreenUpdating = True
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Hola!!!
Tengo una tabla donde más de una columna está protegida.
La tabla tiene 17 columnas de las cuales 7 deben quedar bloqueadas porque poseen fórmulas.
Mi tabla arranca en celda A4

Estaba tratando de usar este código para probarlo, cambiando lo que verán abajo como "CLAVE", "MITABLA" y "AVISO 1" por mis nombres particulares:
Donde "AVISO 1" corresponde a una de las columnas que está protegida.

Dim pswStr As String
'Update by ExtendOffice 20181106
pswStr = "CLAVE"
On Error Resume Next
Application.ScreenUpdating = False
ActiveSheet.Unprotect Password:=pswStr
ActiveSheet.Range("A4").Select
Range("MITABLA[[#Headers],[AVISO 1]]").Select
Selection.End(xlDown).Select
Selection.Offset(1, -16).Select
ActiveCell.FormulaR1C1 = "new"
ActiveSheet.Protect Password:=pswStr, DrawingObjects:=False, _
Contents:=True, Scenarios:=False, _
AllowFormattingCells:=True, AllowFormattingColumns:=True, _
AllowFormattingRows:=True, AllowInsertingColumns:=True, _
AllowInsertingRows:=True, AllowInsertingHyperlinks:=True, _
AllowDeletingColumns:=True, AllowDeletingRows:=True, _
AllowSorting:=True, AllowFiltering:=True, _
AllowUsingPivotTables:=True
Selection.ClearContents
Application.ScreenUpdating = True

Lo que está haciendo el código tal cual como lo escribo es que en lugar de agregar una nueva línea a mi tabla, está colocando la palabra "new" en la última celda con contenido de la columna "AVISO 1".

Surgen entonces 2 dudas:
1. ¿cómo podría hacer para determinar más de una columna protegida?
2. ¿por qué está haciendo esto el código definido?

Agradezco de antemano que me puedan ayudar! Estaré atenta.
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Hi Daina,
1. If the 7 formula columns that you want to protect are consecutive in the table.
For example, the headers of the columns are gg, hh, ii, jj, kk, ll, mm as shown in the screenshot below. You can apply the following VBA code to get it done.
https://www.extendoffice.com/images/stories/comments/comment-picture-zxm/table.png
In this line Set xRg = Range("Table3[[#Headers],[gg]:[mm]]").Offset(1, 0) in the following code, you just need to enter the headers of the first column and the last column.
Sub Button1_Click()
 'Update by ExtendOffice 20220826
    Dim xRg, tableRg As Range
    Dim xRowCount As Integer
    Dim pswStr As String
    pswStr = "123"
    On Error Resume Next
    Application.ScreenUpdating = False
    ActiveSheet.Unprotect Password:=pswStr

    'Change the table name and the column headers
    Set tableRg = ActiveSheet.ListObjects("Table3").Range
    xRowCount = tableRg.Rows.Count
    
     Set xRg = Range("Table3[[#Headers],[gg]:[mm]]").Offset(1, 0)
    Set yRg = xRg.Resize(xRowCount, xRg.Columns.Count)

    xRg.Resize(xRowCount - 1, xRg.Columns.Count).AutoFill Destination:=yRg, Type:=xlFillDefault
    

    ActiveSheet.Protect Password:=pswStr, DrawingObjects:=False, _
                    Contents:=True, Scenarios:=False, _
                    AllowFormattingCells:=True, AllowFormattingColumns:=True, _
                    AllowFormattingRows:=True, AllowInsertingColumns:=True, _
                    AllowInsertingRows:=True, AllowInsertingHyperlinks:=True, _
                    AllowDeletingColumns:=True, AllowDeletingRows:=True, _
                    AllowSorting:=True, AllowFiltering:=True, _
                    AllowUsingPivotTables:=True
    Application.ScreenUpdating = True
End Sub

2. If the 7 formula columns that you want to protect are discontinuous in the table. Apply the following code. In the code, you need to manually input the headers of the columns one by one.
Sub Button1_Click()
 'Update by ExtendOffice 20220826
    Dim xRg, tableRg As Range
    Dim xRowCount As Integer
    Dim pswStr As String
    pswStr = "123"
    On Error Resume Next
    Application.ScreenUpdating = False
    ActiveSheet.Unprotect Password:=pswStr

    'Change the table name and the column headers
    Set tableRg = ActiveSheet.ListObjects("Table3").Range
    xRowCount = tableRg.Rows.Count
    
    Set xRg = Range("Table3[[#Headers],[gg]]").Offset(1, 0)
    Set yRg = xRg.Resize(xRowCount, 1)
    xRg.Resize(xRowCount - 1, 1).AutoFill Destination:=yRg, Type:=xlFillDefault
    Set xRg = Range("Table3[[#Headers],[hh]]").Offset(1, 0)
    Set yRg = xRg.Resize(xRowCount, 1)
    xRg.Resize(xRowCount - 1, 1).AutoFill Destination:=yRg, Type:=xlFillDefault
    Set xRg = Range("Table3[[#Headers],[ii]]").Offset(1, 0)
    Set yRg = xRg.Resize(xRowCount, 1)
    xRg.Resize(xRowCount - 1, 1).AutoFill Destination:=yRg, Type:=xlFillDefault
    Set xRg = Range("Table3[[#Headers],[jj]]").Offset(1, 0)
    Set yRg = xRg.Resize(xRowCount, 1)
    xRg.Resize(xRowCount - 1, 1).AutoFill Destination:=yRg, Type:=xlFillDefault
    Set xRg = Range("Table3[[#Headers],[kk]]").Offset(1, 0)
    Set yRg = xRg.Resize(xRowCount, 1)
    xRg.Resize(xRowCount - 1, 1).AutoFill Destination:=yRg, Type:=xlFillDefault
     Set xRg = Range("Table3[[#Headers],[ll]]").Offset(1, 0)
    Set yRg = xRg.Resize(xRowCount, 1)
    xRg.Resize(xRowCount - 1, 1).AutoFill Destination:=yRg, Type:=xlFillDefault
    Set xRg = Range("Table3[[#Headers],[mm]]").Offset(1, 0)
    Set yRg = xRg.Resize(xRowCount, 1)
    xRg.Resize(xRowCount - 1, 1).AutoFill Destination:=yRg, Type:=xlFillDefault

    ActiveSheet.Protect Password:=pswStr, DrawingObjects:=False, _
                    Contents:=True, Scenarios:=False, _
                    AllowFormattingCells:=True, AllowFormattingColumns:=True, _
                    AllowFormattingRows:=True, AllowInsertingColumns:=True, _
                    AllowInsertingRows:=True, AllowInsertingHyperlinks:=True, _
                    AllowDeletingColumns:=True, AllowDeletingRows:=True, _
                    AllowSorting:=True, AllowFiltering:=True, _
                    AllowUsingPivotTables:=True
    Application.ScreenUpdating = True
End Sub
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How do I create a button to erase lines?
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Merhaba Tablo ismini ve satır başlangıc yerlerini değiştirdiğim zaman kod çalışmıyor yardımcı olurmusunuz
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Hi,
Make sure you have changed to the exact same table name and column header in the code.
I have changed the table name and the column header to test the code, and it works well.
Did you get any error prompt? I need to know more specific about your issue, such as your Excel version. The more detailed you describe the error, the faster we can understand and solve it.
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Hello,

the code worked initially, but after I duplicated the worksheet, it stayed for after 24 hours then all the code disappeared. And now I can’t access the worksheet.

it keeps telling me incorrect password. And the code have disappeared. .
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Hello, I used the above code and got the following error message:
"Code execution has been interrupted". When I click on Debug, Line 20 "Selection.ClearContents" is highlighted.

When I initially entered the code, it worked correctly.

I changed "Table" to the name of the table and change the column to the name of the column I am using. I also changed the "Selection.Offset (x,-x).Select" to match my needs.


Any suggestions as to why this is occurring?
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Try this Vba code for add new line in you table

Sub Tab_Line_Add()
Dim pswStr As String
pswStr = "123"
On Error Resume Next
Application.ScreenUpdating = False
ActiveSheet.Unprotect Password:=pswStr
ActiveSheet.Range("D8").Select
'D8 is tabel header
Range("Table1[[#Headers],[Total]]").Select
Selection.End(xlDown).Select
Selection.ListObject.ListRows.Add AlwaysInsert:=False
ActiveSheet.Protect Password:=pswStr

End Sub
.
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using the suggested (Selection.ListObject.ListRows.Add AlwaysInsert:=False) fixed a similar problem for me with the original code, where a new full row (extending down cell contained formulas) would not be added to the table on a much wider table 51 columns. So thanks for sharing and fixing Mac.
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Hi Mac,
Thanks for sharing.
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