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How to disable ability to insert row and column in Excel?

Author: Xiaoyang Last Modified: 2020-06-03

Normally, we can insert rows and columns between existing data quickly and easily, if you prevent others inserting columns or rows in a worksheet, may be you can protect sheet to disable the insert rows or columns function. But, how could you disable the insert row and column function without protecting sheet?

Prevent others inserting rows and columns with VBA code


arrow blue right bubble Prevent others inserting rows and columns with VBA code

The following VBA code can help you to disable the inserting row and column function in Excel workbook, please do as this:

1. Press Alt + F11 to open a Microsoft Visual Basic for Application window.

2. Click Insert > Module to open a Module window, then copy the following VBA to the window.

VBA code: prevent inserting rows and columns:

Sub NoInsert()
'Updateby Extendoffice
    Dim I As Integer
    Dim cbStr As String
    Dim cbCtrl As CommandBarControl
    Application.ScreenUpdating = False
    For I = 1 To 2
        If I = 1 Then
            cbStr = "row"
        Else
            cbStr = "column"
        End If
        For Each cbCtrl In Application.CommandBars(cbStr).Controls
            If cbCtrl.ID = 3183 Then
                cbCtrl.Enabled = False
            End If
        Next
    Next
    Application.ScreenUpdating = True
End Sub

3. Press F5 key to run this code, now when you right click to going to insert rows or columns, the Insert option cannot be applied in the context menu. See screenshot:

doc disable insert function 1

Notes:

1. This VBA will disable the Insert function in the context menu in all workbooks when you right click to insert rows or columns.

2. To restore the Insert command in the context menu, please apply the following code:

Sub NoInsert()
'Updateby Extendoffice
    Dim I As Integer
    Dim cbStr As String
    Dim cbCtrl As CommandBarControl
    Application.ScreenUpdating = True
    For I = 1 To 2
        If I = 1 Then
            cbStr = "row"
        Else
            cbStr = "column"
        End If
        For Each cbCtrl In Application.CommandBars(cbStr).Controls
            If cbCtrl.ID = 3183 Then
                cbCtrl.Enabled = True
            End If
        Next
    Next
    Application.ScreenUpdating = True
End Sub

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This comment was minimized by the moderator on the site
I ran the first code, and it does prevent inserting copied columns. However, when I ran the second code to turn it back on, it did not!!! Now I'm stuck! Please doublecheck your coding and see what is wrong, why I can't turn it back on. Thank you!
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The code does not prevent column insertion.
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