VBA to allow use of Expand/Collapse button on Pivot Chart, but Disable all Formatting Selection


New Member
Aug 30, 2018
Hi! I have an obscure request. I do this thing where I like to use a pivot chart (with the expand/collapse button) as a fast way to "expand all" or "collapse all" for a related pivot table. Really, all I need is the Expand/Collapse button from the chart, so I always shrink the chart so I can just see the expand/collapse buttons.

The thing is, whenever I go (or a client goes) to select the "Expand/Collapse" buttons, the whole chart selects, and those goofy paint and format selections appear beside my chart (I'm talking about the chart with the expand/collapse buttons here, not the pivot table itself.) It's annoying, and furthermore, the client could accidentally move the whole thing...

You can lock the whole chart using protect object, but then the "expand/collapse" buttons don't work. Is there anyway to lock the chart AND still use those handy buttons??!

Thanks for your help.


P.S. I don't understand VBA, but thought maybe I could put in the code, if it was simple.


New Member
Aug 30, 2018
Hello, apparently this is not possible? Anyone out there with VBA know-how that could help me? The chart doesn't need to be locked... I just don't want whoever opens the file to get those formatting options or have the chart turn on re-size mode when they hit the expand/collapse buttons...

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