Protection.AllowFormattingCells property (Excel)

Returns True if the formatting of cells is allowed on a protected worksheet. Read-only Boolean.



expression A variable that represents a Protection object.


The AllowFormattingCells property can be set by using the Protect method arguments.

Use of this property disables the protection tab, allowing the user to change all formats, but not to unlock or unhide ranges.


This example allows the user to format cells on the protected worksheet and notifies the user.

Sub ProtectionOptions() 
 ' Allow cells to be formatted on a protected worksheet. 
 If ActiveSheet.Protection.AllowFormattingCells = False Then 
 ActiveSheet.Protect AllowFormattingCells:=True 
 End If 
 MsgBox "Cells can be formatted on this protected worksheet." 
End Sub

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