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    Hi – due to concerns expressed by people who did not like the way the lock symbol was added to protected sheets, we will stop showing it on sheet tabs in Excel for Windows for the time-being. We may bring it back in the future in some other fashion.

    If you’d like to see a lock symbol or some other visual indicator when a sheet is protected, please add your vote and comment here.

    Here’s the related discussion – https://excel.uservoice.com/forums/304921/suggestions/40858108

    Many Thanks – Steve [Microsoft Excel]

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    This needs to be available but as an option. I just was trying to audit some sheets that needed changes in formatting and was protecting the sheets that I was done with and relying on the lock to tell me which ones I had finished. It was unsuccessful as the lock is now gone.

    I can see where some people would not like this feature, but I loved it (although it was a distraction when it first appeared). Making this a configurable option would give the best of both worlds.

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    Hi All, We apologize for being slow to engage on this thread. We are listening to your feedback and we really do care. After reading the comments here as well as the feedback sent from within Excel, we have decided to remove the lock icon from Excel on Windows for the timebeing. Since it’s not new to the other platforms (web, Mac and mobile) and we haven’t had similar feedback about it there, we won’t change those for now. We’ll consider how best to get consistency across the desktop, web, and mobile apps, and we’ll share updates if we have any additional next steps.

    Since the lock icon was added recently, we can turn it off by using a configuration in O365, so you should notice that the change soon, without having to install an update. Just make sure to restart Excel.

    Thanks for all your feedback.

    Steve [Microsoft Excel]

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    Anonymous commented  · 

    This needs to be available but as an option. I just was trying to audit some sheets that needed changes in formatting and was protecting the sheets that I was done with and relying on the lock to tell me which ones I had finished. It was unsuccessful as the lock is now gone.

    I can see where some people would not like this feature, but I loved it (although it was a distraction when it first appeared). Making this a configurable option would give the best of both worlds.

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