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excel – How to unlock a chart and forbid cutting it?

Posted by: admin May 14, 2020 Leave a comment


I have an excel sheet containing several charts & tables, the sheet is protected and all charts are locked.

I would like to make it possible for the users to copy the charts.
Either by right clicking and selecting copy or by triggering a macro at when clicking or double clicking a chart.

I’ve tried playing around with the locked property of a chart & the ActiveChart.ProtectSelection but if the chart is unlocked or selectable the users are still able to cut the chart away from the sheet.

Assigning a macro to the chart also doesn’t solve the problem as I haven’t found a way to find out what chart has been clicked (and if possible I would avoid having to write a separatate sub for each chart..).

I’ve tried using the Chart1_BeforeDoubleClick event but I can’t get it to work (does it only work in a chart worksheet?)


How to&Answers:

You can assign a sub routine on that chart:

Private Sub Chart1_Click()
    MsgBox "Chart copied."
End Sub

Since you’re going to use it on multiple charts, you need to identify the name of the chart first:

Sub Chart_Click()

    Dim chartName As String

    chartName = ActiveSheet.Shapes(Application.Caller).Name
    MsgBox "Chart copied."

End Sub