Limit Scroll Area Use Excel VBA

The following VBA code can help you to limit the scroll area for a particular worksheet.

VBA code

Excel’s ScrollArea property allows you to set the scroll area for a particular worksheet. For instance, this statement sets the scroll area on Sheet1 so the user cannot activate any cells outside of A1:G10.

Sub LimitScrollArea()
Sheets("Sheet1").ScrollArea = "A1:G10"
End Sub

If for some reason you need to clear the scroll area limits, you can remove the restriction with this statement:

ActiveSheet.ScrollArea = ""

How to Use This Macro

To use this macro, you can copy and paste it into a standard module:

  1. Activate the Visual Basic Editor by pressing ALT F11.
  2. Right-click the project/workbook name in the Project window.
  3. Choose Insert -> Module.
    Insert Module
  4. Type or paste the code in the newly created module.

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  1. Edwin Medina
    Edwin Medina

    shows Error 9 opening the file

  2. Abe Charara
    Abe Charara

    This doesn’t work

  3. Richard Collins
    Richard Collins

    try ActiveSheet.ScrollArea = “A1:G10”
    works on my worksheet

  4. carl carter
    carl carter

    This macro works for me. Thanks! There’s a saying about working excel numbers. “If you don’t work the numbers, the numbers will work you”

  5. Rick Culver
    Rick Culver

    Works for me but there’s an important thing to note. I have a worksheet with all the rows beneath a table hidden to clean up the sheet. I couldn’t get the scroll area command to respond and what I found out was, if you have all the rows hidden beneath a table, you have to limit the scroll area to one row under your visible row. For example my last cell was in L28, so when I tried to limit the scroll area to A1:L28, it wouldn’t work. I had to use A1:L27. You can’t edit the last row anymore so you may have to unhide another row in order to make this work. Sorry for being so long about it. I hope it makes sense.