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Old February 29th 08, 06:00 AM posted to microsoft.public.excel.misc
GraceJean Jones GraceJean Jones is offline
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Default Protect (Lock) Cell Formatting ONLY

Thanks again for your response.

In the worksheet I have unlocked certain cells using like you said: Format/
Cells/ Unlock.

Then, like you said, I go to Tools/ Protection/ Protect Sheet.

If you allow users to "select cells," this option means the users of the
worksheet can put their cursor on "locked" cells & select them. This DOES
NOT mean that users, once selecting a "locked" cell can do anything with the
cell at all. If you do not allow users to "select cells," this then means
that the user of the worksheet cannot even get their cursor to move onto a
cell that has not been unlocked. If the user trys clicking on a "locked
cell" or using the arrows to move around, the cursor will just "jump" over
cells that have been "locked" (if the "select cells" if left unchecked). So,
in other words, by checking "select cells" all this does is it allows users
to get their cursor moved onto or over "locked" cells.

If I unlock a cell, users have access to this cell, to input numbers. But
the users unfortunately also have full access to change the color, to change
the font, to change the borders of the cell, etc.

I still cannot figure out a way to unlock a cell so that the only thing
users can do in this cell is input a number, & nothing else.

Thanks again for your feedback, if you know of something else I can try,
that would be great.

"David Biddulph" wrote:

Which version of Excel are you using?
The cells that you want to change the values you have unlocked with Format/
Cells/ Unlock?
You have gone to Tools/ Protection/ Protect Sheet? The default at that
stage (at least in my Excel 2003) is to allow users to select cells, but not
to allow them to format cells, so that default will do what you want. Did
you change any of the options at that stage? What is your problem having
protected the sheet? Is it allowing users to change format although when
you protected the sheet you have not selected the option to allow
formatting? Is it not allowing users to select cells which you have
David Biddulph

"GraceJean Jones" wrote in
message ...
Thanks for your reply, however, my question was not answered. I want to
able to create cells in a worksheet where users can input numbers, but
change any of the formatting of the cell, such as font style, font size,
color, borders, etc. Thanks again.

"David Biddulph" wrote:

I'm glad to hear that you know how to protect a sheet and how to lock and
unlock cells. You therefore know how to answer your question.
David Biddulph

"GraceJean Jones" <GraceJean wrote in
message ...
I understand how to protect a worksheet, and I know how to "unlock"
cells in a worksheet, so that users of the worksheet can enter
into these unlocked cells. I have a worksheet where all I want the
be able to do in certain cells is to be able to 'put in or insert'
I don't want the users of this worksheet to be able to change the font,
color, font size, borders, etc. In other words, I want to create a
where only numbers can be entered into certain cells, but no changes
whatsoever can be made to the cell formatting of these cells. Thanks
your assistance.