Sunday, September 17, 2017

Preventing Excel File to Open or Edit with Password

When you have an Excel file and don’t want everyone to open or edit it but only specific people then you could protect the file with a password. To do this, you have to use the ‘Save As...’ option and select ‘Browser’:


In the typical window to save the file, go to ‘Tools’ option and then select ‘General Options...’:

With that selection, you will be able to set a password that will be asked when opening or editing the file, without the right password the file will not open or edit:

This is the popup that will appear to anyone after setting the protection:

Also, you can use this option to set a recommendation when opening the file to use it as read-only, to do this just check the box ‘Recommend as read-only’ located under the password box, then when opening the file will always show this:

This read-only function can be used without setting a password.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Fixing Excel When Scrolling Sheet Instead of Moving Cell Selector

When you have in Excel your cells like this:

And use the arrows on the keyboard to move to the right, for example, you will move the cell selector to the right cell:

However, I have seen that in some cases the result is not that, instead, when pressing the previous key the entire spreadsheet is scrolled to the right, with the cell selector staying in the same place:


This happens when the ‘Scroll Lock’ in pressed in the keyboard, then to fix it just press it again, but nowadays many keyboards have no this key, therefore, to fix this situation you should use the keyboard on screen, to open this keyboard in Windows go to ‘Start’ and search for ‘On-Screen Keyboard’, once you select it you will see this:

You see that the ‘Scroll Lock’ key is highlighted, click on it to disable this function and close the keyboard, now you recovered the usual behavior of the arrows keys in Excel.