Excel VBA, Hide/Unhide worksheets, Password protected file...


New Member
Oct 23, 2012
Hi there,

I have an Excel file with a macro to unhide certain worksheets when the user clicks a button. I also have a "control table" worksheet hidden in the file that I do NOT want users to access. My dilemma is -- if I password-protect the structure of the workbook to prevent users from unhiding the control table, then the unhide macro will not work. However, if I do not protect the workbook, then the users can unhide the control worksheet and alter it (one user has already done so :mad:!!).

I really do NOT want users to unhide the control worksheet, let alone to edit it. But I do not want to lose the functionality of the unhide macro. I am uncertain how to proceed. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Thank you!!


MrExcel MVP
Sep 2, 2009
Have the macro that Unhides sheets also toggle the workbook protection off\on

    ThisWorkbook.Unprotect Password:="Secret"
        [COLOR=green]'Unhide sheets here[/COLOR]
    ThisWorkbook.Protect Password:="Secret", Structure:=True, Windows:=[COLOR=darkblue]False[/COLOR]
You may want to password protect the code module too so that the users cannot see the workbook password in the code.
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Well-known Member
Jun 28, 2005
try this, in VBE (Alt+F11)
select the sheet named "control table"
on the visible property make it "xlveryhidden"
Password protect your VBE (Tools > VBA Project Properties > Protection tab)

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