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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.

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.

How to use keyboard to navigate in the spreadsheet

To move around the worksheet with your keyboard, use the key combinations:

Changing a comment shape

Normally, cell comments are rectangular, but you can give a cell comment any shape you want:

Opening Workbooks Automatically

If you work with the same workbooks every day it will be helpful to open specific workbook files automatically whenever you start Excel. Any workbooks placed in the XLStart folder open automatically.

Adding a background image to the spreadsheet

You can make your Excel spreadsheets more appealing by choosing graphics file to serve as a background for a spreadsheet similar to the wallpaper that you may display on your Windows desktop.

Making a spreadsheet very hidden

Using the Hide command you can hide the data and formulas from "inquisitive minds". But some of them still can use Unhide command. Nevertheless you can completely hide Excel spreadsheet so that it will be needed some VBA programming to unhide it.

Center text across multiple columns

You can make a worksheet more visually appealing and easier to read by centering text across multiple columns. Often you do this by merging and centering the merged cells, but it is not the only option.

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.