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I have a workbook which has slicers and timelines on it.  I would like to be able to protect the worksheet but allow the use of the slicers and timelines while it is protected.  Is this possible?

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best response confirmed by jtfnash (Copper Contributor)
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@jtfnash 

It’s possible to protect a worksheet in Excel while still allowing the use of slicers and timelines.

Here is how you can do it:

  1. Protecting the Worksheet:
    • Go to the "Review" tab on the Excel ribbon.
    • Click on "Protect Sheet" in the "Changes" group.
    • In the "Protect Sheet" dialog box, you can set a password if desired and choose which elements of the worksheet you want to allow users to modify while the sheet is protected. Make sure to uncheck "Select locked cells" to allow interaction with slicers and timelines.
    • Click OK and enter the password if you set one.
  2. Setting Slicers and Timelines to Be Unlocked:
    • Before protecting the sheet, ensure that the cells containing slicers and timelines are unlocked.
    • Select the cells containing the slicers and timelines.
    • Right-click and choose "Format Cells."
    • In the "Format Cells" dialog box, go to the "Protection" tab.
    • Make sure the "Locked" checkbox is unchecked. This ensures that these cells remain unlocked even when the worksheet is protected.
    • Click OK to close the dialog box.
  3. Protecting the Workbook:
    • Once you have set up the slicers and timelines to be unlocked, proceed to protect the worksheet following the steps outlined above.

By following these steps, you can protect your worksheet in Excel while still allowing users to interact with slicers and timelines. This allows for data exploration and analysis while maintaining the integrity of the worksheet. Make sure to test the protection settings to ensure they meet your requirements before distributing the workbook. The specific commands and interface elements may vary slightly between versions, the general concept of protecting the worksheet and unlocking specific cells remains consistent across Excel versions. The text was created with the help of AI.

 

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@NikolinoDE Fantastic just what I needed thanks.

Thank you so much.
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best response confirmed by jtfnash (Copper Contributor)
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@jtfnash 

It’s possible to protect a worksheet in Excel while still allowing the use of slicers and timelines.

Here is how you can do it:

  1. Protecting the Worksheet:
    • Go to the "Review" tab on the Excel ribbon.
    • Click on "Protect Sheet" in the "Changes" group.
    • In the "Protect Sheet" dialog box, you can set a password if desired and choose which elements of the worksheet you want to allow users to modify while the sheet is protected. Make sure to uncheck "Select locked cells" to allow interaction with slicers and timelines.
    • Click OK and enter the password if you set one.
  2. Setting Slicers and Timelines to Be Unlocked:
    • Before protecting the sheet, ensure that the cells containing slicers and timelines are unlocked.
    • Select the cells containing the slicers and timelines.
    • Right-click and choose "Format Cells."
    • In the "Format Cells" dialog box, go to the "Protection" tab.
    • Make sure the "Locked" checkbox is unchecked. This ensures that these cells remain unlocked even when the worksheet is protected.
    • Click OK to close the dialog box.
  3. Protecting the Workbook:
    • Once you have set up the slicers and timelines to be unlocked, proceed to protect the worksheet following the steps outlined above.

By following these steps, you can protect your worksheet in Excel while still allowing users to interact with slicers and timelines. This allows for data exploration and analysis while maintaining the integrity of the worksheet. Make sure to test the protection settings to ensure they meet your requirements before distributing the workbook. The specific commands and interface elements may vary slightly between versions, the general concept of protecting the worksheet and unlocking specific cells remains consistent across Excel versions. The text was created with the help of AI.

 

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