Hi Excellers, this is a different **#formulafriday i**n my Excel 2020 series. I want to share with you 3 ways to **protect** your Excel formulas.

So, you have spent a long time preparing your Excel spreadsheet solution, and I bet you don’t want anyone to mess up it up. So there are a few ways to protect some of those most vulnerable parts of your Excel spreadsheet.

### Here are my top 3 ways to protect your Excel Formulas!!

- Hide them
- Lock Cells
- Hide The Formula Bar With Some Simple VBA.

### 1.Hide The Formulas.

This method will t**emporarily hide your formulas**, but you will be able to use them again if you need to. It’s simple and straightforward. Here we go.

- Select all of the cells that contain formulas that you want to hide.
- Home Tab – Cells Group – Format – Format Cells
- Navigate to the Protection Tab
- Check the Hidden option and hit Ok

This doesn’t in itself hide your formulas, you need to then protect your worksheet to ensure these settings work.

- Select Review Tab
- Changes Group
- Select Protect Sheet
- Enter a password and confirm password when prompted
- That’s all you need to do.

Try selecting a cell that contains a formula. The formula will not be visible in the formula bar. If you want to see the formulas again simply unprotect your worksheet.

### 2. Lock Cells.

The second method is to just lock the cells that contain formulas so they cannot be selected or edited by users. By default all cells in a workbook are locked, so you will need to unlock them all to start with.

- Hit CTRL+A to select all of the cells on the worksheet
- Home Tab – Cells Group -Format – Format Cells
- Untick Locked, to unlock all of the cells on the worksheet
- Hit Ok

Now all we need to do find all of the cells that contain formulas..

- Hit F5 to bring up the GoTo Dialog Box
- Select Special – Formulas – Hit OK
- All of the cells that contain formulas will be highlighted

Then we need to lock those highlighted cells.

- Home Tab – Cells Group -Format – Format Cells
- Navigate to the Protection Tab
- Check the Locked option and hit Ok

This doesn’t in itself lock your formulas, you need to then protect your worksheet to ensure these settings work.

- Select Review Tab
- Changes Group
- Select Protect Sheet
- Enter a password and confirm password when prompted
- That’s all you need to do.

### 3. Hide The Formula Bar With Some Simple VBA

My third method of hiding your formulas is to actually hide the** formula bar** on the Excel worksheet. This is easily achieved by a very small piece of VBA coding or an Excel Macro.

This macro uses the **Application Object** and we are looking to use the DisplayFormulaBar property of it.

To use this small piece of coding, you need to insert it into a module in your Excel workbook.

Here is the VBA code if you want to copy it. Just paste it into a module you have created as per the instructions above.

**Sub HideFormulaBar()**** Application.DisplayFormulaBar = False**

**End Sub**

Just as we have hidden the formul bar we can easily write some VBA to show the formula bar again

**Sub ShowFormulaBar()**** Application.DisplayFormulaBar = True**

**End Sub**

In this instance we set the Application.DisplayFormulaBar to TRUE to display the formula bar.

That’s it. Hope you enjoyed Formula Friday.

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