Budget Makeover – Ep. 1 – How to Lock Cells for Editing in Excel

Bottom Line: Learn how to lock cells for editing to prevent users from making unwanted changes to formulas.

Skill Level: Beginner

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Budgets – From Simple to Stupendous

If budgeting has ever been frustrating for you, you're not alone!

Budgets certainly can be challenging. But I want to help you make the most of your budget so that your budget can help you make the most of your money!

Let's take this simple budget template and give it a makeover in this video series.

Monthly Budget

When we're finished, we will have a more robust budget with dropdowns, locked cells, formulas, and an interactive dashboard with pivot tables and pivot charts.

Dynamic budget with user friendly features

Not only will our new budget look better, but it will be much more usable and practical.

Budget dashboard

The example we'll be looking at is a personal budget, but the techniques and tips you learn in this series are applicable to corporate budgets and other types of files as well.

Locking Cells

The first thing that we will look at is how to lock cells.

You can format your worksheet so that only certain cells can be manipulated while other cells are locked, preventing intentional or unintentional changes.

Lock cells that shouldn't be changed

Locking cells is a two-step process that I explain in detail in another post. Please jump over to this link to complete the tutorial: How to Lock Cells for Editing and Protect Formulas


I look forward to showing you further steps in the budget makeover in the weeks to come. Let me know if you have any questions or comments about locking cells and protecting sheets. Just leave a comment below or at the linked tutorial above.

Episode 2: Budget Makeover – Ep. 2 – How to Remove Duplicates in Excel

Episode 3: Budget Makeover – Ep. 3 – Creating Dropdown Lists 

Episode 4: Budget Makeover – Ep. 4 – Using Freeze Panes in Excel

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