Advanced Protection Settings since Excel XP in Aspose.Cells

Advanced Protection Settings Using Excel XP and Later Versions

To view the protection settings available in Excel XP:

  1. From the Tools menu, select Protection followed by Protect Sheet. A dialog is displayed.

    Dialog to show protection options in Excel XP


  1. Allow or restrict worksheets features or apply a password.

Advanced Protection Settings Using Aspose.Cells

Aspose.Cells support all of the advanced protection settings.

Aspose.Cells provides a class, Workbook, that represents a Microsoft Excel file. The Workbook class contains a Worksheets collection that allows access to each worksheet in the Excel file. A worksheet is represented by the Worksheet class.

The Worksheet class provides the Protection property that is used to apply these advanced protection settings. The Protection property is in fact an object of the Protection class that encapsulates several Boolean properties for disabling or enabling restrictions.

Below is a small example application. It opens an Excel file and uses most of the advanced protection settings supported by Excel XP and later versions.


 //Creating a file stream containing the Excel file to be opened

FileStream fstream = new FileStream("book1.xls", FileMode.Open);

//Instantiating a Workbook object

//Opening the Excel file through the file stream

Workbook excel = new Workbook(fstream);

//Accessing the first worksheet in the Excel file

Worksheet worksheet = excel.Worksheets[0];

//Restricting users to delete columns of the worksheet

worksheet.Protection.AllowDeletingColumn = false;

//Restricting users to delete row of the worksheet

worksheet.Protection.AllowDeletingRow = false;

//Restricting users to edit contents of the worksheet

worksheet.Protection.AllowEditingContent = false;

//Restricting users to edit objects of the worksheet

worksheet.Protection.AllowEditingObject = false;

//Restricting users to edit scenarios of the worksheet

worksheet.Protection.AllowEditingScenario = false;

//Restricting users to filter

worksheet.Protection.AllowFiltering = false;

//Allowing users to format cells of the worksheet

worksheet.Protection.AllowFormattingCell = true;

//Allowing users to format rows of the worksheet

worksheet.Protection.AllowFormattingRow = true;

//Allowing users to insert columns in the worksheet

worksheet.Protection.AllowFormattingColumn = true;

//Allowing users to insert hyperlinks in the worksheet

worksheet.Protection.AllowInsertingHyperlink = true;

//Allowing users to insert rows in the worksheet

worksheet.Protection.AllowInsertingRow = true;

//Allowing users to select locked cells of the worksheet

worksheet.Protection.AllowSelectingLockedCell = true;

//Allowing users to select unlocked cells of the worksheet

worksheet.Protection.AllowSelectingUnlockedCell = true;

//Allowing users to sort

worksheet.Protection.AllowSorting = true;

//Allowing users to use pivot tables in the worksheet

worksheet.Protection.AllowUsingPivotTable = true;

//Saving the modified Excel file

excel.Save("output.xls", SaveFormat.Excel97To2003);

//Closing the file stream to free all resources


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