Sort and Filter on Locked Cells


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Apr 17, 2018

I have a worksheet that I would like users to be able to sort and filter the contents of, but half of the columns are formulas that I would like to keep locked and half are open for editing.

When I have the cells with formula 'locked' (via formatting the cells) the sort function doesnt work once the sheet has been protected. I've also tried setting up a range that users are allowed to edit (via the Review tab) but this seems to just have the effect of reversing the fact that I've formatted the cells as 'locked' and users are then able to edit all the columns - including the ones with formula in them.

I've done quite a bit of searching today and I understand that the AllowSort for locked cells doesn't work as expected - but is there any way around this? I thought about adding a button with a macro that would sort on each of the columns that I assume the users will want to sort by - but I wasn't sure if that would be the most efficient way to handle the problem.

Many thanks,

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