In this video I explain how to lock & protect individual cells or ranges for editing. This is useful when you only want users to be able to edit specific cells and protect other cells that might contain formulas.
Download the example Excel file: https://www.excelcampus.com/tips/lock-cells/
Locking cells is a great technique for files that you share with others to fill out, like quote sheets, invoices, inventory lists, budgets, forecasts, etc.
Locking individual cells for editing is a two step process:
1. Lock or unlock individual cells/ranges.
2. Protect the worksheet.
By default, all cells in Excel are Locked. So we typically need to unlock the cells that will be edited or modified by users.
In the video I also share some Bonus Tips to help make it easier for both you and your users. This includes:
– How to prevent the user from selecting locked cells, for faster data entry.
– How to add the Lock button to the Quick Access Toolbar (QAT) to view the locked state and change it quickly.
– How to use cell formatting (fill color) to denote locked and unlocked cells.
Please leave a comment below with any questions or suggestions. Thanks! 🙂
Read the full article and download the example Excel file here: https://www.excelcampus.com/tips/lock-cells/
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