Implementing built-in workbook security

mark_667

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Hi
I recently tried to add protection to my Excel document by selecting the 'Protect this workbook' feature from the Tools menu I clicked the 'Protect entirer workbook' option and entered a password. However, the next time I opened it I got a prompt asking if I wanted to enable Macros (Surely not even M$ Excels protection is entirely VBA macro based?!) even when I click yes I still just get direct access to the spreadsheets with no prompt. I have tried re-enabling the feature only for the same thing to (or not to) happen.

I am using Mac OS X 10.1.5 and Excel Version 10.0.0 (1316 build). Any ideas would be appreciated
Mark
 

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Tazguy37

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Protecting a workbook (or worksheet) in that way will still allow people to change cell values.

If you want to lock the cells (some or all) so people can't change them, select all the cells in the worksheet or workbook that you want to protect.
Select Format, Cells, Protection tab, and uncheck Locked. Then select those cells you want to protect, select Format, Cells, Protection tab, and check Locked. Then select Tools, Protection, Protect Sheet (or workbook). Enter a password if you so desire.

That should do it. Hope that helps!

EDIT: Be aware that there are programs out there to break this type of "security".
 

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