How to Use the DataEntryMode Property

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This article contains information about using the DataEntryMode property in Microsoft Excel and includes a sample Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications macro.

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Microsoft provides programming examples for illustration only, without warranty either expressed or implied. This includes, but is not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. This article assumes that you are familiar with the programming language that is being demonstrated and with the tools that are used to create and to debug procedures. Microsoft support engineers can help explain the functionality of a particular procedure, but they will not modify these examples to provide added functionality or construct procedures to meet your specific requirements. The DataEntryMode property allows you to select and type data only into unlocked cells in the current selection (the data entry area). When you want to enter data only in a specific part of your worksheet, use the DataEntryMode property. You can then use that part of the worksheet as a simple data form.

In data entry mode, you can move the active cell and select cell ranges only in the data entry area. Pressing the arrow keys, the TAB key, or SHIFT+TAB moves the active cell from one unlocked cell to the next unlocked cell. When you reach the end of a column, the active cell moves to the first or last unlocked cell in the next or previous column. Pressing the HOME or END keys moves the active cell to the first or last cell in the data entry area. You cannot select entire rows or columns or click a cell that is outside the data entry area to select it.

The only commands that are available while you are in data entry mode are commands that are normally available in protected worksheets.

Example 1

The following macro starts data entry mode:
   Sub Test1()

      Application.DataEntryMode = xlOn

   End Sub
To end data entry mode, press ESC.

NOTE: When you run the macro, the data entry area is the current selection.

Example 2

The following example starts data entry mode for the cell range A1:B10 and allows you to enter data:
   Sub Test2()

      Selection.Locked = False
      Application.OnKey "^d", "Test3"
      Application.DataEntryMode = xlOn

   End Sub

   Sub Test3()

      Application.DataEntryMode = xlOff

   End Sub
When you press CTRL+D, the macro resumes running and data entry mode is ended.

You can also assign the macro Test3 to a button on the worksheet. When you click the button, data entry mode is ended.

For additional information, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
101567 XL: Macros to Disable Keyboard Input


Microsoft Excel "Function Reference," version 4.0, pages 132-133


Article ID: 162715 - Last Review: October 26, 2013 - Revision: 3.0
Applies to
  • Microsoft Excel 97 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Excel 95 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Excel 5.0 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Excel 98 for Macintosh
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