Easily Entering Dispersed Data

I needed to enter information into many rows of widely dispersed columns, like A, Q, BD, BJ, CF, etc. (I’m sure you get the idea.) I was right-arrowing along and I was thinking: if I were in Word I’d just set some tabs or bookmarks to move around quickly. What is the equivalent in Excel? A little delving into the Help files let me know that it’s done like this:

  1. Decide which columns (or rows, or cells) in which you want to enter data.
  2. Highlight the column (or rows or cells).
  3. Display the Home tab of the ribbon.
  4. Click Format (in the Cells group) and then choose Format Cells. Excel displays the Format Cells dialog box.
  5. Make sure the Protection tab is displayed. (See Figure 1.)
  6. Figure 1. The Protection tab of the Format Cells dialog box.

  7. Clear the Locked checkbox.
  8. Click on OK to close the dialog box.
  9. Repeat steps 3 through 7 for each column (or row or cell) in which you need to enter data.
  10. Again display the Home tab of the ribbon.
  11. Click Format (in the Cells group) and then choose Protect Sheet. Excel displays the Protect Sheet dialog box. (See Figure 2.)
  12. Figure 2. The Protect Sheet dialog box.

  13. You do not need to change any information in the dialog box, nor enter a password. Just click on OK.

That’s it! Excel will only let you go to cells that are still editable, and those are the ones for which you cleared the Lock property before you protected the sheet. Enjoy tabbing to the places on your worksheet that you need to.