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2388136 - Error: "The cell or chart that you are trying to change is protected and therefore read-only"


When using EPM Add-in older versions, a protected report with Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) can be refreshed successfully.

However, when using EPM Add-in SP25 Patch1 or higer versions, the same report causes error when click refresh.


The error message is as below:

[Error Message on Microsoft Visual Basic]

Run-time error '1004':

The cell or chart that you are trying to change is protected and therefore read-only.

To modify a protected cell or chart, first remove protection using the Unprotect Sheet command (Review tab, Change Group). You may be prompted for a password.




  • SAP BusinessObjects EPM solutions, add-in for Microsoft Office SP 25 Patch 01 or higher versions
  • SAP BusinessObjects Analysis, edition for Microsoft Office 2.3 or higer versions


SAP BusinessObjects Analysis 2.3, edition for Microsoft Office ; SAP BusinessObjects Analysis 2.4, edition for Microsoft Office


AlwaysUnlockAllSheets, appSettings, key, FPMXLClient.dll.config, configuration , KBA , EPM-XLS , EPM Excel Client , BI-RA-AO-XLA , Excel Addin , Problem

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