Select unlocked cells in a protected sheet.


New Member
Sep 15, 2016
Me again.

A slightly more challenging one this time.

I have a worksheet with multiple formula some on hidden rows, all nicely laid out and formatted to make an easy to use standard report. I have the sheet protected from accidental editing by well meaning colleagues. All good!

I want to insert a clear all button so that a user can get a clear form easily (there is no need to keep a filled copy).
I have entered VBA code to select all unlocked cells and then clear contents.

My issue comes when I protect the sheet I get an error message saying Can't do this to a protected sheet.
Why if all the cells selected are unlocked??

What am I missing??

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Well-known Member
Aug 6, 2014
Assuming your code selects the unlocked cells before clearing them (as you described), did you check the box that allows users to select unlocked cells when you protected the worksheet?

Here's the code that worked for me:

Public Sub ClearUnlockedCells()
  Dim UnlockedCells As Range
  Dim Cell As Range
  On Error GoTo ErrHandler
  If Not TypeOf ActiveSheet Is Worksheet Then
    MsgBox "You must activate a worksheet first.", vbExclamation
    GoTo ExitProc
  End If
  For Each Cell In ActiveSheet.UsedRange
    If Not Cell.Locked Then
      If UnlockedCells Is Nothing Then
        Set UnlockedCells = Cell
        Set UnlockedCells = Union(UnlockedCells, Cell)
      End If
    End If
  Next Cell
  If UnlockedCells Is Nothing Then
    MsgBox "No unlocked cells were found.", vbExclamation
  End If
  On Error Resume Next
  Set UnlockedCells = Nothing
  Set Cell = Nothing
  Exit Sub
  MsgBox Err.Description, vbCritical
  Resume ExitProc
End Sub
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