This video explains how to lock the majority of a spreadsheet to protect its contents, while keeping some cells unlocked in order to edit them.
(upbeat music) - [Instructor] You can protect a worksheet in an Excel document by going to the Review ribbon and choosing Protect Sheet. In the window that opens, make sure the Protect Worksheet and contents of locked cells is checked. Then click OK. This locks all the cells in the sheet, preventing any changes from being made to them. If you tried to change a cell, you'll see this message telling you that the sheet is protected.
However it's possible that you'll want to keep some of the cells unlocked so you can make changes while keeping the rest of the cells locked and protected. To do so, first unprotect the sheet, and then select the cells you want to unlock. Under the Home ribbon, click the font settings button. Under the Protection tab of the window that opens, uncheck the Locked checkbox. And click OK. Then return to the Review tab, and click Protect Sheet again. And then click OK. And now the content of the selected cells can be changed while the rest of cells remain locked and protected.
- Working with references
- Freezing and locking
- Automatic data population
- Recovering lost work
- Finding named ranges
- Formatting cells and applying styles
- Applying international currency formatting
- Inserting hyperlinks
- Creating dropdown lists
- Hiding columns and rows
- Password protecting a workbook
- Restricting editing
- Adding headers and footers
- Locking cells