Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 2007, 2010, and 2013. If you are using an earlier version (Excel 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Excel, click here: Spell-Checking in a Protected Worksheet.

Spell-Checking in a Protected Worksheet

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated February 14, 2015)

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Craig has a protected Excel worksheet in which he would like to spell-check a specific cell. The problem, of course, is that the spell-checker cannot be run on a protected worksheet. So, the process of doing the desired spell-checking is to unprotect the worksheet, do the check, and then again protect the worksheet.

In order to have the macro complete these steps, you must know the password used to protect the worksheet. The following simple example assumes that the password is "mypass."

Sub SpellCheckCell1()
    With ActiveSheet
        .Unprotect ("mypass")
        .Range("A15").CheckSpelling
        .Protect ("mypass")
    End With
End Sub

You'll obviously need to change the password used in the macro to the one appropriate for your worksheet. You'll also need to change the cell being checked; this macro checks cell A15. If you would rather have the macro check whatever cell is selected when the macro is run, then you can change it in this manner:

Sub SpellCheckCell2()
    With ActiveSheet
        .Unprotect ("mypass")
        Selection.CheckSpelling
        .Protect ("mypass")
    End With
End Sub

Regardless of which macro you use, you can assign it to a shortcut key or a toolbar button in order to make it easy to run. (How you do these assignments has been discussed in other ExcelTips issues.)

ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (10403) applies to Microsoft Excel 2007, 2010, and 2013. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Excel here: Spell-Checking in a Protected Worksheet.

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Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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2017-02-11 08:36:38

lloyd

Whilst this code completed a spell check, it does not tell the user the spell check has completed checking in the active cell, instead it continues to spell check the rest of the spread sheet. I only require specific cells to be spell checked.

Sub SpellCheckCell2()
With ActiveSheet
.Unprotect ("mypass")
Selection.CheckSpelling
.Protect ("mypass")
End With
End Sub


2015-08-14 05:24:13

FShaikh

Great stuff, many thanks!


2015-03-13 05:42:22

balthamossa2b

@Ron


May be overkill, but try adding to your code:

Application.DisplayAlerts = False
Application.EnableEvents = False


And don't forget to turn them on later.


2015-03-12 19:24:41

Ron Mercer

Allen,
Thanks for the tip but with either proposed macro is there a way to turn off the Excel prompt that appears after the macro is run "Do you want to continue checking at the beginning of the sheet?". If we only want to check the Active Cell it is pointless. If I want to predefine the cells to check I don't want the user going outside those cells.


2015-02-16 11:09:24

balthamossa2b

A note about the .Protect part since it gave me trouble last month: by default, .Protect allows you to select locked and unlocked cells, much like Review > Protect Sheet.

However, unlike the menu option .Protect doesn't remember the checked choices from past uses of the protection interface (Format cells, modify objects...). They need to be added in the code, which is easy since they are all optional parameters of .Protect.

So yeah, depending on what you want your users to do in a locked sheet you may want to better define your .Protect.


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