Unable to sort protected table


O

OMER

Hola,

I'm using Excel 2007.
I have an Inserted Table (not a pivot table) on a worksheet and have
autofilter on.
I protected some formulas on the table and then protected the worksheet with
the following command:

ActiveSheet.Protect DrawingObjects:=False, contents:=True, Scenarios:= _
True, AllowFormattingCells:=True, AllowFormattingColumns:=True, _
AllowFormattingRows:=True, AllowSorting:=True, AllowFiltering:=True, _
AllowUsingPivotTables:=True, userInterfaceOnly:=True,
Password:="password1"

The problem is that everytime I need to sort a column I get the following
message:

"The cell or chart you are trying to change is protected and therefore
read-only. Unprotect the worksheet by going to ........"

As you can imaging, this is not acceptable, since the whole purpose is to
protect the formulas being seen/changed by the user.

Any suggestions?
 
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O

OMER

Hola Andy.
The workbook I'm talking about is being used by many other users.
To maintain integrity, they are not allow to unprotect the worksheet.
Any other suggestions?
Regards,
OMER
 
G

Gord Dibben

Do it all in the macro which users run from a button or menu.

Sub sortit()
ActiveSheet.Unprotect Password:="justme"

'your sorting code goes here and does the sort

ActiveSheet.Protect Password:="justme"
End Sub

You can hide the code from users by locking the project with a unique
password.


Gord Dibben MS Excel MVP
 
O

OMER

Hola Gord,
This work if you sort within a macro.
The situation is that I've activated the auto-filtering for columns (several
columns) and the user can filter and sort on any of them. Some columns have
formulas, that's why I need to protect the worksheet.
The curious thing is that I can filter even with protection On but when I
try to sort, it wouldn't let me.
If I do this on a named ranged, I can do it. If I do it with a table (Not
pivot table), then it doesn't work.

Any other ideas?
Regards,
OMER
 
G

Gord Dibben

You have created a Table.

You have locked some of the cells within that Table.

You have protected the sheet.

You want to sort or filter on columns within that table.

I don't know how you are going to this without unprotecting the sheet.

You cannot lock part of a Table without sheet protection enabled.


Gord
 
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O

OMER

Hola Gord,
Actually, when you protect the worksheet, you have the option to allow the
user to filter and sort. I have those enabled and, as I say, I can filter
(with the protected worksheet) but cannot sort.
I tried this with simple ranges (that is, not tables) and it does work. But
with tables it doesn't.
I guess that either a bug or an undocumented lack of capability.
REgards,
Oscar
 
G

Gord Dibben

You can sort on a protected sheet as long as your sort range does not
contain any locked cells.

Example...................A1:G20 cells are all unlocked and sheet protected.

You can sort that range.

If one cell within that range is locked, you cannot sort that range.

I don't think this is documented but stands to reason that if you lock a
cell you should not be able to move it, which sort wants to do.


Gord
 
O

OMER

I understand that, but again.
This situation applies only to tables. If I have a normal range, and within
that range (A1:G20 in your example) is a normal range, even with the sheet
protected I'm able to sort.

The problem when I define a table (not pivoy table) for that same range.
Then I cannot sort.

Make sense?
Regards,
OMER
 
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