Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016. 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: Disabling Dragging and Dropping.
by Allen Wyatt
(last updated November 28, 2015)
Adam knows how to disable drag-and-drop editing within Excel, using a macro, by setting the CellDragandDrop property for the Application object. He rightfully notes that this doesn't stop people from dragging information from other programs (such as Word or Outlook) and dropping that information into a worksheet. He wonders if there is a way to disable dragging and dropping into Excel regardless of the source.
The closest solution we've been able to find is a set of macros developed by Ken Puls and noted at this page:
The macros disable certain functions and shortcut keys, and thereby disallow cutting, copying, and pasting. Theoretically it also disables dragging and dropping, but only extensive testing with various programs will tell if it will work in Adam's situation.
ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (11520) applies to Microsoft Excel 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Excel here: Disabling Dragging and Dropping.
Create Custom Apps with VBA! Discover how to extend the capabilities of Office 2013 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Access) with VBA programming, using it for writing macros, automating Office applications, and creating custom applications. Check out Mastering VBA for Office 2013 today!
Using the mouse's scroll wheel can help improve how you edit information in a worksheet. Here's how to make sure that the ...Discover More
Select a range of cells, and one of those cells will always be the starting point for the range. This tip explains how to ...Discover More
Need a quick way to jump to a particular part of your worksheet? You can do it by using the Go To dialog box.Discover More
Got a version of Excel that uses the ribbon interface (Excel 2007 or later)? This site is for you! If you use an earlier version of Excel, visit our ExcelTips site focusing on the menu interface.