UnProtectSharing Method of Workbook Object VBA

When shared workbook has protected, if you want to do any modifications we need to unshared and unprotect workbook at the beginning of the procedure to do any changes to the workbook. If you forgot the password, you cannot unshared or unprotect the workbook.



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Why we need to UnProtectSharing a Workbook using VBA?

If workbook is shared and protected with password to do any modifications like edit, move and change first we have to unprotect sharing workbook and unprotect workbook then only user can do any modifications in the workbook. We cannot protect or unprotect workbook when a workbook is shared.

VBA UnProtectSharing Workbook – Syntax

Here is the syntax to UnprotectSharing workbook using VBA.

Workbooks(“Your Workbook Name”).UnprotectSharing(


Password: Its Optional argument. It specifies a case sensitive password for the workbook. When you want to unprotect your protected workbook you must specify your password. In the above syntax we are using ‘UnprotectSharing’ method of workbook object to unshare the workbook.

VBA UnProtectSharing Workbook:Example 1

Please find the below example, It will show you how to Unprotect workbook from sharing.

Sub Unprotect_Sheet()
ActiveWorkbook.UnprotectSharing “YourPassword”
End Sub

In the above example we are unprotecting sharing the workbook by using ‘UnprotectSharing’ method of Workbook object in the active workbook. When working with workbook if it has password protected and shared, if you want to do any changes in the code first you have to unshared and unprotect the password at the beginning of the procedure.

VBA UnProtectSharing Workbook – Instructions

Please follow the below step by step instructions to execute the above mentioned VBA macros or codes:

  1. Open an Excel Workbook
  2. Press Alt+F11 to Open VBA Editor
  3. Insert a Module from Insert Menu
  4. Copy the above code for activating a range and Paste in the code window(VBA Editor)
  5. Save the file as macro enabled workbook
  6. Press ‘F5’ to run it or Keep Pressing ‘F8’ to debug the code line by line.

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