Tab Key Won’t Move from Cell to Cell in Locked Worksheet

Craig created a form that has unlocked cells. When this form is protected and he is viewing it on his office computer, he can use the Tab key to move from one unlocked cell to another. However, Craig noticed that when he is using his home computer the Tab key will not move from one cell to another. He wonders why this is happening; why Excel doesn’t behave as it does at the office.

More than likely the reason is rooted in how Excel is configured. Here’s what you need to check:

  1. Display the Review tab of the ribbon.
  2. Click the Protect Sheet tool. Excel displays the Protect Sheet dialog box.
  3. Clear the Protect Worksheet and Contents of Locked Cells check box.
  4. Click OK.
  5. Display the Excel Options dialog box. (In Excel 2007 click the Office button and then click Excel Options. In Excel 2010 and later versions, display the File tab of the ribbon and then click Options.)
  6. Click Advanced at the left of the dialog box.
  7. Scroll through the options until you see the Lotus Compatibility category. (Make sure you don’t confuse the Lotus Compatibility category with the Lotus Compatibility Settings category. Both of the categories should be near the very bottom of the options.) (See Figure 1.)
  8. Figure 1. The advanced options of the Excel Options dialog box.

  9. Make sure the Transition Navigation Keys check box is unchecked.
  10. Click OK.
  11. Protect the worksheet again.