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In Microsoft Excel, you can programmatically disable all of the keys on the computer keyboard by setting the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications DataEntryMode property to xlOff.
A sample Visual Basic macro that you can use to turn off the keyboard is provided in the "More Information" section.
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To create this macro, follow these steps:
Press ALT+F11 to start the Visual Basic Editor.
On the Insert menu, click Module.
Type the following code into the module sheet:
' Macro to turn off keyboard entry.Sub KeyboardOff() ' Sets CTRL+D to activate KeyboardOn. Application.OnKey "^d", "KeyboardOn" Application.DataEntryMode = TrueEnd Sub' Macro to restore keyboard entry.Sub KeyboardOn() Application.DataEntryMode = FalseEnd Sub
Press ALT+F11 to return to Excel.
On the Tools menu, point to Macro, and then click Macros.
Click KeyboardOff, and then click Run.
Note that the keyboard does not respond.
Note that the keyboard functions as expected.
For more information about the DataEntryMode property, in the Visual Basic Editor, click Microsoft Visual Basic Help on the Help menu, type dataentrymode property in the Office Assistant or the Answer Wizard, and then click Search to view the topic.