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    Problem with UserInterfaceOnly

    I have a subroutine that runs for the worksheet_selectionchange event on a protected sheet. Apparently, subs don't work on protected sheets. I found online a method that is supposed to allow subroutines while keeping the worksheet protected. There is an argument of the protect method that should protect the user interface, but allow macros.


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    The UserInterfaceOnly argument is supposed to allow VBA changes to the worksheet, even while it's protected, if set to TRUE. Default value is FALSE, from what I've read. However, even when I set this to true immediately before the subroutine runs, I encounter a run-time error on a specific piece of the sub that handles the data validation of particular cells. (Note, the sub works perfectly when the sheet is not protected.)

    Anyone know anything about this? Also, is it significant that it does not auto-capitalize "userinterfaceonly" when I type it in?

    Thanks a lot.
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    Re: Problem with UserInterfaceOnly

    Protection does not prevent the code running,it will prevent the code fromchanging the sheet. There's an example here

    http://excel-it.com/vba_examples.htm
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    Re: Problem with UserInterfaceOnly

    But if I use the above-described argument, shouldn't my code be allowed to change the sheet? In addition, the cells I'm changing are not locked.

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    Re: Problem with UserInterfaceOnly

    If you want to alter data validation, you have to unlock drawing objects:
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    I suspect this is due to the in-cell dropdown - whether you use it or not, the Add method needs to be able to add the dropdown drawing object if required, and the method may well test for protection first as a result. (I am not 100% certain that is the cause, but it seems the most likely to me)
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    Re: Problem with UserInterfaceOnly

    This works, thank you so much.

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    Re: Problem with UserInterfaceOnly

    Just a follow-up note:
    I have by chance been experimenting with this method today and it does not appear to be particularly reliable, so I would personally suggest that unprotecting the sheet, making the changes and then reprotecting is probably safer in general. I'll update if I figure out why it sometimes works and sometimes doesn't.

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    Re: Problem with UserInterfaceOnly

    Just a follow-up note:
    I have by chance been experimenting with this method today and it does not appear to be particularly reliable, so I would personally suggest that unprotecting the sheet, making the changes and then reprotecting is probably safer in general. I'll update if I figure out why it sometimes works and sometimes doesn't.
    Can this be done by cobe so that when a button is pushed the macro unprotects the sheet updates the charts and puts the protection back on.

    Here is the code I use to update the charts.

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    Re: Problem with UserInterfaceOnly

    Frank,

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