Lock cell without protecting worksheet

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Hi all, 


Hope everyone is doing well there. 

I would like to seek advise from experts here on how to 'lock certain cells without protecting the worksheet.' Is it possible to do so? 


My company bought in a software license and we can generate the SPC graph on the same worksheet as the raw data (side-by-side), which is really convenient.

However, in order to make this happen, the worksheet cannot be protected. But there are certain cells i need to protect to avoid the technician from simply changing the info and etc. 


Looking forward to receiving feedbacks from the experts out there. 


Thank you!

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Protect individual cells in Excel
1. Start Excel.
2. Switch to the “Check” tab and select “Remove sheet protection”. You may need to allow this with a password if the worksheet is locked.
3. Select all cells by clicking in the top left corner of the table.
4. In the “Start” tab, select “Format> Format cells> Protection” and uncheck “Locked”. Click OK".
5. Now select the cells that you want to protect and choose "Format> Format cells> Protection" again. Check the box next to "Locked" and confirm with "OK".
6. Finally switch to "Check" and select "Protect sheet".


Adjust the options in the list to suit your needs.


Lock or unlock specific areas of a protected worksheet


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You could use VBA code to prevent some cells from being edited, but that only helps with accidental edits. Someone who knows a bit about Excel can easily circumvent it by either opening the workbook without allowing macros, or by temporarily disabling events.

Here is what you could do:

  • Right-click the sheet tab.
  • Select 'View Code' from the context menu.
  • Copy the code listed below into the worksheet module.
  • Change A2,C2,A4,C4 to the list of cells that you want to protect. You can use ranges too: A2:B10,D2:H10
  • Switch back to Excel.
  • Save the workbook as a macro-enabled workbook (*.xlsm).
  • Instruct users to allow macros when they open the workbook.
Private Sub Worksheet_Change(ByVal Target As Range)
    If Not Intersect(Range("A2,C2,A4,C4"), Target) Is Nothing Then
        Application.EnableEvents = False
        Application.EnableEvents = True
    End If
End Sub




Hey Nikoline, I will try out and see. 

Thank you so much for your feedback =))

Hey Hans,

Lemme try out and see.
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@NikolinoDE My apologies. Absolutely no problem. First time user here so it was my mistake.


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If we want to protect cell only without protecting sheet, then what to do?

Here you are protecting sheet and my tool does not work for protected sheet. 


Protect / lock individual cells in Excel


  1. First of all, you should prevent Excel from locking the entire document when sheet protection is activated.
  2. So first select all cells of the table with Ctrl + A or click in the top left corner of the table.
  3. Right click on any cell and select "Format Cells ...". In the Protection tab, remove the checkmark next to "Locked". Click OK.
  1. Now, in Excel, use the mouse to select the cells or the range that you want to protect.
  2. Right-click on it and select “Format cells ...” again. In the Protection tab, check the box next to Blocked.
  3. Select the “Check” menu in Excel and click the “Protect sheet” button. Assign a password and confirm this twice.

Do not forget!

In "All users of this worksheet may:" submenu

The checkmarks for “Select locked cells” and “Select unlocked cells” should be ticked.



You can also do it with VBA code.


Sub CellProtect()
Dim Blatt As Worksheet, rng As Range
Set Blatt = Worksheets("Sheet1")
Set rng = Blatt.Range(Cells(1, 1), Cells(1, 1))
Blatt.Cells.Locked = False
rng.Locked = True
End Sub


Example file is inserted with VBA code


Additional Infos:

Lock or unlock specific areas of a protected worksheet


I would be happy to know if I could help.




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I came by this solution through a google search, and this worked perfectly for me!
Thank you.

@Hans Vogelaar This worked for me! I am building a financial calculator for my job and this did the trick, thanks!


Nice to hear that!