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Protecting workbook elements

Much like as you can protect elements of each Excel spreadsheet (see Protecting spreadsheet elements for more details), you can protect structure of the sheets in the workbook, prohibiting renaming, moving and other operations.

Protecting spreadsheet elements

Working with large and complex Excel workbooks, especially when entering large amounts of data, no one is protected from accidental changes in formulas, formats and other spreadsheet elements. But you can protect yourself from too much work on finding and eliminating such errors by protecting the individual spreadsheet elements.

How to protect spreadsheets

You can significantly reduce the number of errors in data entry in Excel by protecting changes of specific spreadsheets (worksheets) and cells.

Changing a spreadsheet tabs color

Color code is a perfect way to identify content and draw an attention to it. In Excel you can easily change colors of one or more spreadsheet tabs.

AutoCorrect for data entry

You can use Excel's AutoCorrect feature to create shortcuts for commonly used words or phrases.

Locking Cells in a Spreadsheet

Sometimes you might want to lock cells in your Excel spreadsheet that contain formulas and functions or data. Thus, the person doing the data entry will not accidentally overwrite or delete the spreadsheet formulas and functions or your data.

Recalculating the Worksheet

If you are working with huge workbooks that contain a very large number of formulas, functions, and data, you can turn off the automatic recalculation.

Paste results into cell without formulas

You may not always want to copy everything from the source cells to the destination cells. For example, you may want to copy only the current values of formulas rather than the formulas themselves.

Entering decimal points automatically

If you need to enter lots of numbers with a fixed number of decimal places, Excel has a useful tool:

How to change default font

This enables you to select a different font and font size for your worksheets.