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15 essential Excel shortcuts for locking cells

If you work with Excel on a daily basis, then you know how important it is to be able to quickly and easily lock cells in order to protect your data. Whether you're working with sensitive financial information or simply want to prevent accidental changes to your spreadsheet, locking cells is a vital part of using Excel.

While you can always lock cells manually by going to the 'Format Cells' menu, this can be time-consuming if you're working with a large spreadsheet. Fortunately, there are a number of keyboard shortcuts that you can use to quickly lock or unlock cells in Excel. In this article, we'll share 15 essential Excel shortcuts for locking cells.

1. Ctrl + 1: This shortcut opens the 'Format Cells' dialog box, which is where you can manually lock or unlock cells.

2. Ctrl + Shift + L: This shortcut quickly locks all the cells in your worksheet.

3. Ctrl + Shift + U: This shortcut quickly unlocks all the cells in your worksheet.

4. Ctrl + A: This shortcut selects all the cells in your worksheet. You can then use one of the other shortcuts on this list to lock or unlock all the selected cells.

5. Ctrl + Shift + O: This shortcut locks all the cells that contain formulas. This is a great way to protect your formulas from being accidentally changed or deleted.

6. Ctrl + Shift + F: This shortcut unlocks all the cells that contain formulas.

7. Ctrl + Shift + C: This shortcut locks all the cells that contain comments. This is a great way to prevent others from accidentally deleting or editing your comments.

8. Ctrl + Shift + U: This shortcut unlocks all the cells that contain comments.

9. Ctrl + Shift + P: This shortcut locks all the cells in your worksheet that have been protected using the 'Protect Sheet' feature.

10. Ctrl + Shift + U: This shortcut unlocks all the cells in your worksheet that have been protected using the 'Protect Sheet' feature.

11. Ctrl + Shift + A: This shortcut locks all the cells in your worksheet that have been protected using the 'Protect Workbook' feature.

12. Ctrl + Shift + U: This shortcut unlocks all the cells in your worksheet that have been protected using the 'Protect Workbook' feature.

13. Ctrl + Shift + W: This shortcut locks all the cells in your worksheet that have been protected using the 'Protect Windows' feature.

14. Ctrl + Shift + U: This shortcut unlocks all the cells in your worksheet that have been protected using the 'Protect Windows' feature.

15. Ctrl + Shift + D: This shortcut locks all the cells in your worksheet that have been protected using the 'Protect Document' feature.

16. Ctrl + Shift + U: This shortcut unlocks all the cells in your worksheet that have been protected using the 'Protect Document' feature.

As you can see, there are a number of different shortcuts that you can use to quickly lock or unlock cells in Excel. While some of these shortcuts only work with specific types of cells, others will work with any type of cell.

If you work with Excel on a regular basis, then we recommend memorizing a few of these shortcuts so that you can quickly lock or unlock cells when necessary.

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