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I have the following problem. I have a Excel document with several worksheets. In the February worksheet I can adjust the column width option. I get the double-sided arrow between the two letters. But in the other worksheets I can't change the column width.

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In all the other worksheets of this Excel file, this option is not available. I can't find the option to enable/disable adjusting the column width.

At the moment it looks like this when I hover my mouse over the place where the double arrow should appear.

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** The whole worksheet is not protected.**


The option to change the properties of the columns are greyed out. For all columns.

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Looking at your second screenshot, I think the worksheet is either protected (which you say it isn't) - or maybe it is set as a "Shared Workbook" which multiple users can edit at the same time. If this is the case, see this article – Peter Albert Feb 26 '13 at 11:19
Sharing your workbook will be very much helpful, since for the case there are too many ifs to guess.... – Peter L. Feb 26 '13 at 18:12

Normally you only see this when the worksheet/workbook is protected. Try it with a macro. For example:

Sub Test()
    Columns("A:C").ColumnWidth = 20
End Sub

When protected then you get a message that it is unable to set the ColumnWidth property.

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I would assume the column is locked. Right click on the column and select Format Cells. Then select the Protection tab.

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thank you for your fast answer. I added an other screenshot to my question. The options for adjusting the properties of the columns are greyed out. – xtarsy Feb 26 '13 at 9:57
Do you have ownership of this file, or does some one else administer / distribute it? At our place of work, we used to hide columns or fix widths and prevent other users from gaining access. – Dave Feb 26 '13 at 10:33

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