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How to lock and protect selected cells from editing in Excel?

It's easy to lock and protect the whole worksheet or workbook with clicking the Protect Sheet button or Protect Workbook button under Review tab. However, sometimes you may need to lock and protect only specific cells or selections in a sheet. How would you like to do? This article will guide you to lock and protect selected cells or ranges in Excel with following steps:

Lock and protect selected cells from editing with modifying cell formatting

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The following steps will guide you to unlock all cells in current firstly, lock required cells and ranges, and then protect current worksheet. Please do as follows:

1. Click the Arrow at the upper-left corner of worksheet to select all cells in active worksheet.

2. Right click any selected cell, and select the Format Cell item from the context menu. See below screenshot:

3. In the Format Cells dialog box, uncheck the Locked option under Protection tab, and click OK button. See above screenshot:

4. Select cells and ranges that you want to lock, right click and select the Format Cell item from the context menu.

5. In the Format Cells dialog box, check the Lock option under Protection tab, and click OK button. See above screenshot:

6. Click Review > Protect Sheet to protect current worksheet. See below screenshot:
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7. Enter a password in the blank box in the popping up Protect Sheet dialog box, and click the OK button. And then retype the password into the another Confirm Password dialog box, and click the OK button. See screenshot above.

And now it locks and protects only cells and ranges you selected in the Step 4, while unselect ranges are editable.


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Kutools for Excel's Selection Unlock utility and Selection Lock utility enable you to unlock/lock all selected cells with only one click, and then you can protect the whole worksheet with allowing unlocked cells to be edited.

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1. Click the Arrow at the upper-left corner of worksheet to select all cells in active worksheet.

2. Click Enterprise > Worksheet Design to activate the Design tab, and then click the Design > Selection Unlock. See screenshot:

Then a dialog box comes out to tell you selected cells have been unlocked. Just click the OK button to close it.

3. Select cells and ranges that you want to lock, and click the Design > Selection Lock.

Then click the OK button to close the popping up Kutools for Excel dialog box.

4. Click the Design > Protect Sheet or Review > Protect Sheet, and then you can follow the same steps we introduced in the first method to protect current worksheet.


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If you have Kutools for Excel installed, it’s another Encrypt Cells utility can help you quickly lock and protect selected cells quickly. You can do as follows:

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1. Select the cells that you want to lock and protect, and click the Enterprise > Encrypt Cells.

2. In the opening Encrypt Cells dialog box, type your password into both Password box and Confirm box, and click the Ok button.

Then you will see all selected cells are encrypted at once as following screen shot shown:

Note: You can decrypt these encrypted cells with clicking Enterprise > Decrypt, and then type you password into opening dialog box.

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    Daniel · 1 years ago
    Please i want know lock some of the cells in my worksheet, how do i go about
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      kelly001 · 1 years ago
      Hi Daniel,

      Both the first and the second methods can help and guide you to lock only part of cells in a worksheet. Just follow the tutorial.
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    Rahil · 1 years ago
    i need to protect a particular cells , which can only view and unable to edit??
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      Tang Kelly · 1 years ago
      Hi,
      Both of the first method and the second method can protect some certain cells, and make these cells visible but not editable.
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    Rizwan Shaikh · 3 years ago
    how to protect single row or columm
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    Rizwan Shaikh · 3 years ago
    we cant protect a specific cell or column, so kindly suggest how to protect single column or row protect
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    Ivalu Edwards · 3 years ago
    Great! it helped a lot .