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101 Excel 2013 Tips, Tricks and Timesavers

By : John Walkenbach
Book Image

101 Excel 2013 Tips, Tricks and Timesavers

By: John Walkenbach

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Excel is a popular program. Millions of people throughout the world use it on a regular basis. But it’s a safe bet that the vast majority of users have yet to discover some of the amazing things this product can do. 101 Excel 2013 Tips, Tricks, & Timesavers?is packed with information that you need to know in order to confidently and seamlessly master the challenges that come with using Excel! Excel 2013 is excellent, but there's lots to learn to truly excel at Excel! In this latest addition to his popular Mr. Spreadsheet's Bookshelf series, John Walkenbach, aka "Mr. Spreadsheet," shares new and exciting ways to accomplish and master all of your spreadsheet tasks. From taming the Ribbon bar to testing and tables, creating custom functions, and overcoming "impossible" charts, mixing nesting limits, and more,?101 Excel 2013 Tips, Tricks, & Timesavers?will save you time and help you avoid common spreadsheet stumbling blocks.
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Tip 56: Restricting Cursor Movement to Input Cells

A common type of worksheet uses two types of cells: input cells and formula cells. The user enters data into the input cells, and the formulas calculate and display the results.

Figure 56-1 shows a simple example. The input cells are in the range C4:C7. These cells are used by the formulas in C10:C13. To prevent the user from accidentally typing over formula cells, it’s useful to limit the cursor movement so that the formula cells can’t even be selected.


Figure 56-1: This worksheet has input cells at the top and formula cells below.

Setting up this sort of arrangement is a two-step process: Unlock the input cells and then protect the sheet. The following specific instructions are for the example shown in Figure 56-1:

1. Select C4:C7.

2. Press Ctrl+1 to display the Format Cells dialog box.

3. In the Format Cells dialog box, click the Protection tab, deselect the Locked check box, and click...