If Excel is not asking for a password when you try to access a password-protected worksheet cell range, it could be because of the following reasons.
1. Why Is My Password Not Working On Protected Excel Sheet Cell Range?
- You have already entered the password: If you have entered the password once during the current session, Excel will remember it and not ask for it again until you close and reopen the workbook.
- Password caching: Excel may cache the password if you have entered it multiple times, and this can cause it not to ask for the password again.
- Automatic login: Excel may be configured to automatically log in to Windows with your user account, and this can cause it not to prompt you for a password when accessing a password-protected cell range.
- Incorrect range selected: If you have selected the wrong cell range, Excel will not ask for a password as the selected range may not be password protected.
- Copying and pasting: If you copy and paste data from a password-protected cell range to an unprotected cell range, Excel will not ask for a password for the unprotected cell range.
2. How To Fix Password Not Working Issue.
- To resolve this issue, try the following steps.
- Close and reopen the workbook: This will clear the password cache and prompt Excel to ask for the password again.
- Make sure you have selected the correct cell range: Ensure that you have selected the correct cell range that is password protected.
- Manually log in to Windows: Try logging out of Windows and logging back in manually to see if Excel prompts you for the password.
- Avoid copying and pasting: Try not to copy and paste data from password-protected cell ranges to unprotected cell ranges.