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How to Protect an Entire Sheet in Google Sheets


Protecting an Entire Sheet in Google Sheets

If you want to protect a whole sheet so that nobody except you can edit it, the easiest way is to share the sheet with them but only give them view instead of edit permission.

However, say you wanted to protect most of a sheet, but leave a few cells open to editing— as you’d do with a form or invoice. In that case, people would still need edit permission, but it would be kind of a pain to select all the cells on the sheet except for the few on which you want to allow editing.

There is another way. You can protect the entire sheet and then allow access to specific cells.

Open up your document and head back to Data > Protected Sheets and Ranges in the toolbar.

click Data, then on Protect Sheets and Ranges

From the Protected Sheets and Ranges pane that appears on the right, click “Sheet,” choose a sheet from the drop-down menu, then click “Set Permissions.”

Click Sheet, then choose a sheet from the drop-down menu, and finally, click Set Permissions

And, just like in the previous example for protecting cells, you will have to set who can edit the sheet in the window that opens up.

Click the drop-down menu under “Restrict Who Can Edit This Range,” and select “Customized” to set who is permitted to edit the selected sheet.

From the drop-down menu, click Customised

Under the list of people who can edit, deselect anyone for whom you want to revoke edit permissions of this sheet and then click “Done.”

From the people who have access to the sheet, choose who you want to have access, then click Done

Anyone with access to your document can still open and see the contents of the sheet you’ve protected, but they aren’t able to make any changes or edits to the actual sheet.

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