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APMP Webinar - Mysterious Case of the Self-Locking Excel RFP

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This webinar occurred in June 2017.

HELP! Sometimes when I am answering an Excel RFP, a cell suddenly becomes locked, making it impossible to edit it afterward. What causes this?” Having an Excel RFP suddenly lock answer cells is exasperating to say the least. But there is a way to spot it and avoid the trap.

Top Takeaways

Learn the following:

  • Why does Excel change a cell from ‘unlocked’ to ‘locked’?
  • How to know if ‘Locked’ is a default property of an Excel Workbook?
  • How to change Excel’s default formatting properties?
  • How to avoid triggering the self-locking in a protected Excel RFP?

Target Audience

RFP and Proposal Teams


Melissa Mabon is founder and software architect of Expedience Software, Successor Company to Pragmatech Software which she cofounded in 1994. During her tenure Pragmatech grew to be the leading proposal automation provider, twice receiving the INC 500. Other awards include the New Hampshire Entrepreneur of the Year and New Hampshire Remarkable Woman. Melissa Mabon holds two masters' degrees from Columbia University where she did extensive research in logic, epistemology, and expert systems.

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