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

Supposing you need to set the tab order for your own defined, for example, from cell B5 to C6, C6 to D7, D7 to E8, and 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

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arrow blue right bubbleSet 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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