VBA Function To Determine If Any Worksheet Tabs Are Protected

By Chris Newman •  Updated: 02/28/17 •  4 min read
VBA Macro Test If Worksheet is Password Protected

What This VBA Code Does

Excel does this annoying thing where it prevents you from creating custom Table or Slicer styles when at least one worksheet inside the ActiveWorkbook is protected. This can cause major problems if your VBA code is attempting to create a custom formatting style in the workbook.

The following VBA function will check the ActiveWorkbook and tell you whether any Worksheet Protection exists. The result will either be a TRUE or FALSE when calling the function.

Function AnySheetProtected() As Boolean
'PURPOSE: Determine if any Worksheets in the Activeworkbook are Password Protected
'SOURCE: www.TheSpreadsheetGuru.com/the-code-vault

Dim sht As Worksheet

'Loop through each worksheet in the ActiveWorkbook
  For Each sht In ActiveWorkbook.Sheets
    'Test for Password Protection
      If sht.ProtectContents = True Then
        'Protection Detected
          AnySheetProtected = True
        'My work is done!
          Exit Function
      End If
  Next sht

'No Worksheets currently are password protected
  AnySheetProtected = False

End Function

Using VBA Code Found On The Internet

Now that you’ve found some VBA code that could potentially solve your Excel automation problem, what do you do with it? If you don’t necessarily want to learn how to code VBA and are just looking for the fastest way to implement this code into your spreadsheet, I wrote an article (with video) that explains how to get the VBA code you’ve found running on your spreadsheet.

Getting Started Automating Excel

Are you new to VBA and not sure where to begin? Check out my quickstart guide to learning VBA. This article won’t overwhelm you with fancy coding jargon, as it provides you with a simplistic and straightforward approach to the basic things I wish I knew when trying to teach myself how to automate tasks in Excel with VBA Macros.

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Chris Newman

Chris Newman

Chris is a finance professional and Excel MVP recognized by Microsoft since 2016. With his expertise, he founded TheSpreadsheetGuru blog to help fellow Excel users, where he shares his vast creative solutions & expertise. In addition, he has developed over 7 widely-used Excel Add-ins that have been embraced by individuals and companies worldwide.