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Tip 56: Restricting Cursor Movement to Input Cells
Restricting Cursor Movement to Input Cells
A common type of worksheet uses two types of cells: input cells and formula cells. The user enters
data into the input cells, and the formulas calculate and display the results.
Figure 56-1 shows a simple example. The input cells are in the range C4:C7. These cells are used by
the formulas in C10:C13. To prevent the user from accidentally typing over formula cells, it’s useful to
limit the cursor movement so that the formula cells can’t even be selected.
Figure 56-1: This worksheet has input cells at the top and formula cells below.
Setting up this sort of arrangement is a two-step process: Unlock the input cells and then protect the
sheet. The following specific instructions are for the example shown in Figure 56-1:
1. Select C4:C7.
2. Press Ctrl+1 to display the Format Cells dialog box.
3. In the Format Cells dialog box, click the Protection tab, deselect the Locked check box, and
click OK.
By default, all cells are locked.
4. Choose Review➜Changes➜Protect Sheet.
The Protect Sheet dialog box appears.
5. Deselect the Select Locked Cells check box and make sure that the Select Unlocked Cells
check box is selected.
6. (Optional) Specify a password that will be required to unprotect the sheet.
7. Click OK.
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