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If it's a fairly simple worksheet/workbook, you could select all the cells on the sheet and copy/paste to a new sheet or workbook. This would bypass the protection. Then you could do a find/replace to remove the invalid portion of the string. Do a find on the part you listed, then replace it with nothing.
You usually get that string when something has happened to the Smartview plug-in or to the file itself. Is only this user having the problem and does it work for others? If so, it's probably a local smartview issue on that user's machine. Some common scenarios where you will see this are:
- When they opened the Excel file, they did not click on the Enable Macros prompt.
- Smartview is not installed
- Smartview is installed, but is not enabled due to a crash of Excel or other reason. (When excel crashes, it will auto-disable the add-in it thinks caused the crash. You have to go to the Add-Ins area, disabled add-in, and then re-enable smartview. Close and re-open excel)
- Data link has been 'goofed up', though not likely... While the exact menu route depends on your version of Office, go to Data, then 'Edit Links'. You should see a screen that shows a line for HsTbar.xla. Click on check status and confirm that it is OK / Open. If it is missing/not found, click on Change Source and navigate to C:\Oracle\SmartView\Bin (v11) and double click on the HsTbar.xla to update the links. Since the sheet is locked you may not be able to change the source; however, you should be able to Open source to force excel to open the add-in. If this fails, something is wrong with Smartview on their machine.
Performing a search and replace on that string may fix things, but it is easier to use the 'Edit Links' option above to fix that and that is treating a symptom of one of the other scenarios....
If all that fails and you need to get into the excel file, I have a way to unprotect your worksheet, but I'd rather not go into that here....... I also don't think it's necessary given the situation.