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Spreadsheet Protection in Google Sheets

Did you know that you can enable protection for your worksheets in Google Sheets? You can use this feature to stop others or yourself from making changes or edits to the entire worksheet or a specific range of cells.

Google Sheets Worksheet Protection

Whenever you enable the protection of a Google Sheets worksheet, you can control who can edit the spreadsheet and which parts of the spreadsheet may be edited.

For example, you could ensure that no one other than you may make any changes to the range A2:D5 on Sheet1 of your Google Sheets spreadsheet.

The Benefits of Worksheet Protection

Now that you know what worksheet protection is, you can understand its many benefits.

Protecting a worksheet can prevent the unwanted deletion or modification of any functions or formulas you may have written. You can also prevent any unwanted alterations to the worksheet structure.

Essentially, you can make your worksheet available for use by others without having to worry that they might accidentally break the spreadsheet.

Adding protection is also a wonderful way to sample different aspects of a workbook to potential buyers. Overall, having the ability to protect your worksheets introduces many benefits to the spreadsheet developer.

How to Protect Your Worksheet

To enable worksheet protection, use the Google Sheets menu commands. Under Data, select Protect sheets and ranges.

The Protected sheets & ranges window will open on the right side of your Google Sheets document.

Click on where it reads, + Add a sheet or range. You can enter a description for your specific protection rule (this is optional) and then select the Range tab if you want to add protection to a specific range or the Sheet tab to protect an entire worksheet.

Protect a Specific Range

To protect a specific range, click the Select Data Range button, use the mouse to select the range you want to protect, and then click Ok.

Next, click on the Set Permissions button. In the Range editing permissions window, you can use the dropdown to restrict who may make changes to the protected range.

You may also select the warning option instead to merely have Google Sheets provide a pop-up warning when someone tries to edit the protected range. Once you have the permissions set up accordingly, click the Done button. Your protection for the selected range is enabled.

Protect an Entire Worksheet

To enable protection for an entire worksheet, click on the + Add a sheet or range button once more. Click on the Sheet tab, and then select the sheet you want to protect.

You can repeat the same process outlined above to set the proper permissions (who may make edits).

You also have the option to leave certain cells unprotected within the worksheet. For example, if you want to protect the entire sheet except for cells A2:D5, you can start by clicking on the Except certain cells checkbox.

You can then type in the range you want to leave unprotected. You can add as many exceptions to a protected worksheet as you wish.

And that’s about it on how to enable worksheet protection in Google Sheets. To learn how to enable protection in Microsoft Excel, check out our article, Spreadsheet Protection in Excel.

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