There are times when you see something new and immediately know what it means. That’s what happened to me when I opened a file from a colleague and realized the padlock icon on the worksheet tab meant that the worksheet was protected. I was right.
Since I had opened this file in Excel 2011 (Mac) I immediately wondered if the Excel 2010 Window’s version had the same feature.
That would be a no.
It sure is nice to know that a worksheet is protected beforehand, instead of finding out by trial and error that a good number of Ribbon items are grayed out and not functional. It seems in Excel 2010 there is no real overt clue that a worksheet is protected.
Too bad. I like the intuitively obvious lock icon on the worksheet tab.
Maybe they’ll include this nice little feature when they program the next Windows version of Excel.