Posts Tagged ‘protect workbook structure’

2 Ways to Prevent Excel Sheet from Being Deleted

December 13th, 2016 by Admin

How can I protect an Excel worksheet from being deleted? Looking for a way to prevent sheets from being deleted while still allowing them to be hidden or rearranged? In this tutorial we’ll show you 2 ways to protect a particular or all sheets from being deleted in Excel 2016/2013/2010/2007.

Tips: If you want to protect an Excel file (.XLS, .XLSX) from being deleted accidentally, please try the Protect My Folders program which can lock any folders or files with password.

Method 1: Protect Entire Workbook Structure with Password

  1. Open your Excel workbook. Select “Review” Ribbon menu and click “Protect Workbook” from the changes group.


  2. A Protect Structure and Window dialog box opens. Make sure the Structure option is checked. Type your password and click OK.

  3. Reenter the password and click OK.
  4. Now all your sheets in the workbook are protected. You cannot insert, delete, rename, move, copy, hide or unhide worksheets anymore.

Method 2: Protect A Particular Sheet from Being Deleted Using VBA

If you just want to prevent users from deleting a particular sheet you designate, try this solution. This works flawlessly for me on a test workbook in Excel 2016.

  1. Right-click on any sheet tab and select View Code from the popup menu. This will open the Visual Basic Editor (ALT+F11).


  2. You’ll see a list of worksheets on the left. Double-click on every sheet you want to protect from being deleted, copy and paste the following code into the large white area on the right.

    Private Sub Worksheet_Deactivate()
    ThisWorkbook.Protect , True
    Application.OnTime Now, "UnprotectBook"
    End Sub


  3. Right-click on Microsoft Excel Objects on the left, select Insert -> Module.


  4. Double-click on the newly-created module on the left. Copy and paste the following code into the right pane.

    Sub UnprotectBook()
    End Sub


  5. Click Save and you’re done. If you’re using a macro-free workbook, you’ll get the warning message “The following features cannot be saved in macro-free workbook“. Click No.


  6. In the Save As dialog box, select “Excel-Macro Enabled Workbook (*.xlsm)” and click Save.


  7. When you see the popup message “Be careful! Parts of your document may include personal information that can’t be removed by the Document Inspector“, click OK.


  8. Close all of your opened windows. Open the .xlsm file in Excel, right-click your protected sheet tab and select Delete, next click Delete to confirm, you’ll see the failure message: Workbook is protected and cannot be changed.


  9. That’s all there is to it.