HOW TO: Open a Document Linked to Password-Protected Sheet in Excel 2000

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This step-by-step article describes how to open a document that is linked to password-protected sheet in Microsoft Excel 2000.

If you open a Excel worksheet that is linked to protectedworksheets, you are prompted whether to update links tounopened worksheets. If you click Yes, you are prompted for the passwords of the linked documents.

If the original document is opened with a macro, you can include anargument to suppress the "Update Links" dialog box; however, there is no argument that allows you to supply passwords for closed, linked documents.

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To open password-protected links, you must open the linked documentsfirst. If you open the linked sheets first, the dialog box that asks whether or not to update links to unopened documents does not appear. The following example macro opens a linked document (Test2.xls) that is protected by the password "test", followed by the original document (Test1.xls):
      Sub TestPassword()         'Open the workbook with the password (Test2.xls) first and supply         'the password with the password argument.         Workbooks.Open filename:="Test2.xls", updateLinks:=3, _            password:="test"         'When Test1.xls is opened, the links are updated automatically.         Workbooks.Open filename:="Test1.xls", updateLinks:=3         'Becuase Test2.xls is open, you can close Test2.xls.         Workbooks("Test2.xls").Close      End Sub				
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