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Easily configure cells to be locked or unlocked when protecting worksheet

In Excel, the worksheet cells are all locked by default, all cells are not editable when protecting worksheet. If you want others to edit some ranges in a protected worksheet, you should better let those ranges to be unlocked. Kutools for Excel’s Worksheet Design includes Selection Lock and Selection Unlock features which can help you easily configure cells to be locked or unlocked when protecting worksheet.

Unlock selected cells or ranges and highlighting unlocked cells with color

Lock selected cells or ranges in worksheet

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Click Kutools Plus >> Worksheet Design, and a new Design tab will display in the ribbon, see screenshots:

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Unlock selected cells or ranges and highlighting unlocked cells with color

To quickly unlock selected cells, please do as follows:

1. Select the cells which you want to unlock, you can hold Ctrl key to select multiple ranges as you need.

2. Then apply Selection Unlock utility by clicking Kutools Plus > Worksheet Design, and a new Design tab will appear in the ribbon, click Selection Unlock option in the Protect group under Design tab, see screenshot:

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3. And then a prompt box will pop out, click OK to close this box, and all the selected cells have been unlocked.

4. When you need to protect this worksheet, you can protect it by clicking Protect Sheet under this Design tab, see screenshot:

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5. And then enter and confirm the password you need in the popped out dialogs, see screenshot:

6. And after worksheet protecting, you can highlight the unlocked cells to view them quickly and easily, please click Highlight Unlocked option under the Design tab, and the unlocked cells will be highlighted with a color, see screenshot:

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Lock selected cells or ranges in worksheet

If your worksheet has multiple unlocked cells, you can lock them quickly with Selection Lock feature of Kutools for Excel without going to the Format Cells dialog, please do as follows:

1. Select the whole worksheet which you want to lock the unlocked cells.

2. And then apply this utility by clicking Kutools Plus > Worksheet Design, and a new Design tab will appear in the ribbon, click Selection Lock option in the Protect group, see screenshot:

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3. And a prompt box will pop out, click OK to close it, and all the unlocked cells have been locked at once.

Tip: If you only want to lock parts of unlocked cells, you can apply Highlight Unlocked feature to highlight all the unlocked cells for view easily, and then select the cells you need to lock, and click Selection Lock to lock the selected cells.


Demo: Easily configure cells to be locked or unlocked when protecting worksheet

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