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MS Excel 2003: Protect a cell

This Excel tutorial explains how to protect a cell in Excel 2003 and older versions (with screenshots and step-by-step instructions).

Question: How do I protect a cell from being edited by others in Microsoft Excel 2003/XP/2000/97?

Answer: First, you'll need to un-protect all of the cells on your sheet. To do this, select all of the rows and columns in your sheet. Right-click on then select "Format Cells" from the popup menu.

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When the Format Cells window appears, select the Protection tab. Uncheck the "Locked" checkbox. Click on the OK button.

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Next, select the cell(s) that you wish to protect. Right-click and then select "Format Cells" from the popup menu.

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When the Format Cells window appears, select the Protection tab. Check the "Locked" checkbox. Click the OK button.

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For the locking of the cells to take effect, you must also protect the worksheet. To do this, select Protection and then "Protect Sheet" under the Tools menu.

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A "Protect Sheet" window will appear. You may enter a password to protect the sheet if you wish. The password is optional. Click on the OK button.

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