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VBA Macro to Protect Multiple Sheets in a Workbook

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In Microsoft Excel, individual worksheets can only be protected one sheetat a time. It is not possible to protect multiple worksheets in a singlestep. However, you can use Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications code toprotect multiple sheets through a looping procedure that can accept variousdegrees of user input.
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 following sample Visual Basic macro unconditionally protects all sheetsin a workbook, without user intervention and without a password.

Sample Visual Basic Procedure

 Sub Protect_Example1()      ' Loop through all sheets in the workbook.      For i = 1 To Sheets.Count         Sheets(i).Protect      Next i   End Sub				
This example prompts you to determine if you want to protect the currentsheet. If you answer yes, the sheet is then protected with a hard-codedpassword.
   Sub Protect_Example2()      ' Loop through all sheets in the workbook      For i = 1 To Sheets.Count         ' Activate each sheet in turn.         Sheets(i).Activate         response = MsgBox("Do you want to protect this sheet?", vbYesNo)         If response = vbYes Then            ActiveSheet.Protect password:="larry", DrawingObjects:=True, _               Contents:=True, Scenarios:=True         ElseIf response = vbNo Then            MsgBox ("Sheet not protected")         End If      Next i   End Sub				

Additional Options You Can Use To Protect Specific Sheet Types

To protect only Worksheets:
   For i = 1 To Worksheets.Count        Worksheets(i).Activate				
To protect only module sheets:
   For i = 1 To Modules.Count      Modules(i).Activate				
To protect only chart sheets:
   For i = 1 To Charts.Count      Charts(i).Activate				
To protect only Dialog sheets:
      For i = 1 To DialogSheets.Count      DialogSheets(i).Activate				
"Microsoft Excel User's Guide," version 5.0, pages 683-689
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Article ID: 142111 - Last Review: 10/11/2006 01:41:34 - Revision: 2.3

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