How to Lock a PDF File in a Cell on a Excel Worksheet

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How to Lock a PDF File in a Cell on a Excel Worksheet
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You can input data into Excel. This data usually includes numbers, but you can insert other files, such as a PDF. If you do not want others to manipulate the data, then you can lock your cells in place. This means that no one can change what you have in the cell. This feature is known as locking a cell in Excel.

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  1. 1

    Go to the cell that you want to insert the PDF file and click on it.

  2. 2

    Select "Insert" from the Menu bar, then select "Object."

  3. 3

    Select "Browse," and then insert the file into the cell. You can do this by linking the file to the original file or by inserting an icon into the file.

  4. 4

    Click the check box to select whether you want to "Link to file" or "Display as Icon," and select "OK."

  5. 5

    Return to the Excel worksheet and right-click on the cell with the PDF.

  6. 6

    Select "Format Cells."

  7. 7

    Click the "Protection" tab.

  8. 8

    Click on "Locked."

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