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Locking Table Columns Isn't Working

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    Locking Table Columns Isn't Working

    (Actually, the title should be: UNlocking Table Columns Isn't Working)

    I have a table where I want certain columns protected and other columns unprotected. I used an instruction like this:

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    But after it runs, the cells there are still locked. I experimented by adding some Watches, and discovered that this could happen:

    Range("Table1[[#ALL],[Column1]:[Column4]]").Locked FALSE
    Range("A1:A5").Locked TRUE

    Yes, A1:A5 is within the columns of the table that should be unlocked. So those cells can be locked although the column is not.

    Furthermore, I tried
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    which should have locked all the cell in the column, but I wound up with this in the Watch window:

    Range("Table1[[#ALL],[Column1]:[Column4]]").Locked NULL

    In other words, setting the Locked property of table columns doesn't actually do anything.

    I wanted to identify the columns because I'm using this macro on different tables with different numbers of rows. But it looks like I'll have to identify those columns as an ordinary range.

    What's the best way to do that?
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    Re: Locking Table Columns Isn't Working

    Hi there,

    The code you posted seems to work correctly on my Excel 2013 installation.

    Your code will operate on Table1 of whichever worksheet happens to be active when the code is executed - is this what you want? If not, you should use a fully qualified reference i.e.:

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    Hope this helps - please let me know how you get on.

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    Re: Locking Table Columns Isn't Working

    Quote Originally Posted by Greg M View Post
    Hi there,

    Your code will operate on Table1 of whichever worksheet happens to be active when the code is executed - is this what you want? If not, you should use a fully qualified reference i.e.:

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    I think you're right, but not the way you think!

    What I say is "Table1" in my example has a different name on each sheet, so I was accessing the wrong table.

    Now this seems to work:

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    Thanks!

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    Re: Locking Table Columns Isn't Working

    Hi again,

    Many thanks for your feedback.

    Glad to have helped, even if only indirectly!

    Best regards,

    Greg M

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