Excel Shortcut- Switch To Previous Sheet

I wanted a shortcut that moved between the last two sheets selected.

Similar to how Alt+Tab works with windows.

example: I have Sheet1 until Sheet 10, I work in Sheet2 then I switch my work to Sheet10, I want to back to Sheet2 quickly by using shortcut. Not use CTRL + PageUp because it just move to one previous sheet from Sheet10 to Sheet9.
Its really helpful if we have many sheet & need to work quickly.


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I have protected one of the worksheets in my workbook, so that it's only possible to select unlocked cells.

If I start on an unprotected sheet, then I can use Ctrl + Page Up / Down to navigate to the protected sheet as usual.

However, once I'm in the protected sheet, I get stuck there and the shortcut stops working. Instead of navigating to the next sheet, the shortcut moves me over to column AF in the same sheet!

What's happening!?!

Thanks, Helen

PS I haven't had any suggestions yet. So I've attached an example workbook. If you open it up and try navigating through the sheets with Ctrl + Page Down, you'll see it doesn't work. I would really appreciate an explanation for why the shortcut doesn't work anymore. Anyone any ideas?? Is there any way I can work round it to make the shortcut key work again?

Thanks again, Helen

Hello again . . .

It seems the shortcut for navigating between sheets will work if I allow the user to "select unlocked cells" and "select locked cells" when I protect the sheet. That way the user needs to tab between the unlocked cells instead of using the arrow keys. But at least the navigation shortcut between sheets doesn't stop working!

I would still be interested to hear from anyone who has any ideas about why the shortcut stops working if I don't allow the user to "select locked cells". Is it just one of the those funny Excel inconsistencies???

Thanks for those of you who pondered over this query. /Helen


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