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How to set tab order of cells or unlocked cells in Excel?

Author: Siluvia Last Modified: 2022-08-26

Supposing you need to set the tab order for your own defined cells, for example, press the Tab key will move from cell B5 to C6, from C6 to D7, from D7 to E8, then return to B5 when leaving cell E8 in a worksheet as below screenshot shown. How to achieve it? This article provides a VBA method for you.

Set tab order of cells or unlocked cells with VBA code

Set tab order of cells or unlocked cells with VBA code

Please run the below VBA method to set tab order of cells in normal worksheet or unlocked cells in protected worksheet.

1. In the worksheet you need to set tab order, right click the sheet tab and click View Code from the context menu.

2. In the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window, copy and paste the below VBA code into the Code window.

VBA code: Set tab order of cells or unlocked cells

Private Sub Worksheet_Change(ByVal Target As Range)
    Dim tabArray As Variant
    Dim i As Long
    tabArray = Array("B5", "C6", "D7", "E8")
    Application.ScreenUpdating = False
    For i = LBound(tabArray) To UBound(tabArray)
        If tabArray(i) = Target.Address(0, 0) Then
            If i = UBound(tabArray) Then
                Me.Range(tabArray(i + 1)).Select
            End If
        End If
    Next i
    Application.ScreenUpdating = True
End Sub


1) In the code, B5, C6, D7, E8 is the order of the input cells, and you must use the uppercase letter of the cell address. You can change them based on your needs.
2) For the protected worksheet, the input cells must be unlocked.

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

From now on, after inputting data in B5, the cursor goes to C6 with pressing the Tab or Enter key, then goes to D7 when leaving C6, and then moves to D7, E8 in current worksheet.

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I have copied your code into my worksheet, but as soon as I close it and reopen it to use it again, the code is gone. How do I save this?
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Hi Anita,
If you want to keep the VBA code for feature use, after adding the VBA code, save your workbook as an Excel Macro-enabled workbook as shown in the screenshot below. Then use the newly saved file in the future.
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Olá, o código VBA para definir a ordem das células desejadas funcionou perfeitamente. Eu percebi que para que ele funcione, é necessário entrar com um dado na célula e pressionar TAB ou ENTER.
PERGUNTA: Você tem como fazer este código percorrer todas as células (no meu caso são 31, sendo algumas vazias e outras com valores padrão) sem ter que entrar com dados nelas, somente pressionando TAB ou ENTER. Como eu tenho algumas células vazias e outras com valores, por padrão, eu gostaria de percorrer as células sem precisar entrar com dados em todas elas novamente, mas, somente alterando as células que forem preciso alterar.att

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Hello, the VBA code to set the order of the desired cells worked perfectly. I realized that for it to work, it's necessary to enter data into the cell and press TAB or ENTER.
QUESTION: You can make this code go through all the cells (in my case there are 31, some being empty and others with default values) without having to enter data in them, just pressing TAB or ENTER. As I have some empty cells and others with values, by default I would like to cycle through the cells without having to enter data in all of them again, but only changing the cells that I need to change.att

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Hello, New here The VBA code works until I hit a Pull Down Box, I get to the first on make my selection , hit Tab and it moves to a locked cell, It acts like a cell I did not enter any data in. Any suggestions? GlennD24
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Hello, is there a way to just hit enter without entering anything and have it go to the next selection?
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No me funcionó, lo coloqué en la hoja de trabajo, debe haber algún error, me podrían ayudar, necesito implementarlo en mi trabajo,


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