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How to Set Expiry Date for Excel File – 2023

How to Set Expiry Date for Excel File
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How to Set Expiry Date for Excel File – 2023.

To set an expiry date for an Excel file, you can use VBA code to add a macro that automatically deletes the file after a specified number of days. Here are the steps to follow:

  1. Open the Excel file you want to set an expiry date for.
  2. Press Alt + F11 to open the Visual Basic Editor.
  3. In the editor, go to “Insert” > “Module” to add a new module.
  4. Copy and paste the following VBA code into the module:

How to Set Expiry Date for Excel File

  1. Save the VBA code and close the Visual Basic Editor.
  2. Go to the “File” tab and select “Info”.
  3. Click on “Protect Workbook” and select “Mark as Final”.
  4. Click on “OK” to confirm the action.

This will mark the Excel file as final and set the expiration date to the date specified in the VBA code. After the specified number of days have passed, the file will become read-only and cannot be edited. If the user tries to edit the file, a warning message will be displayed indicating that the file has expired.

Note that anyone with knowledge of Excel macros can bypass this method by disabling macros or modifying the code.

  1. Third-party software: You can use third-party software that allows you to set an expiry date for an Excel file. However, these programs may not be compatible with all versions of Excel and may not be reliable. It is recommended to use a reputable software and to thoroughly test it before relying on it for important files.

It’s important to note that while these workarounds may help prevent unauthorized access to your Excel file after a certain date, they do not prevent users from copying or modifying the data in the file before the expiry date.

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