How to Protect a Sheet or a Cell
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To write-protect all of the cells of a sheet, you have to do the following:
- Select Tools-Protect Document from the Menu Bar,
- if you choose Sheet..., only your current sheet will be protected from writing,
- If you choose Document..., your whole document (workbook) will be protected.
You are not obliged to enter a password, you can simply click on the OK button to close the dialog window without typing anything. However, if you choose a password, it will be requested every time you wish to modify the cells or the sheet.
To eliminate the protection, choose Tools-Protect Document again and deselect the Sheet... or Document... option, eventually typing the password you have set, when requested.
- Select a range or all the cells of your sheet, with CTRL+A or by clicking the gray rectangle between the rows and columns headings,
- In the Format menu, select Cell and from the dialog window that will appear, switch to the Cell Protection tab,
- Deselect the check box called Protected (the cells are protected by default),
- Then select the cells you wish to protect,
- From the Menu bar choose Tools-Protection-Sheet...,
- By choosing Format -Cell and by checking the Protected check box again, it will protect the selected cells.
Author: Sophie Gautier
Translation: Gianluca Turconi
Thanks to: Richard Holt, proofreader and OOo contributor
Integration by: Gianluca Turconi
Last modified: 24 February, 2002
Contacts: OpenOffice.org Documentation Project http://documentation.openoffice.org/index.html