In this article, you will learn how to highlight protected ranges in Google Sheets. This function is beneficial when an owner of a worksheet visually informs other editors which part of the sheet is not editable from their ends.
The following two pictures show the change before and after turning the function. The first screenshot is taken before we reveal the protected content. In the sheet, the range of C4:E8 is protected by an owner, but other editors who are not allowed to edit the section don’t know which part is locked.
The second one below is taken after we check “Protected ranges” in the menu. You can see a diagonal stripe over the protected range in this case.
This function reduces the stress of editors by clearly showing where is editable or not and editors can focus their works on the editable area in Google Sheets.
Do you want to know how to protect worksheets or a certain range of cells in a worksheet? Check this article.
If you are interested in hiding or unhiding worksheets in Google Sheets, check this article.
Here is an example where cell protection is beneficial for an owner of a sheet. Imagine there is an accountant who prepares a financial report for a client in Google Sheets and shares it with the client to ask for their input. However, he doesn’t want his client to edit a particular part of the spreadsheet. In this case, the accountant can achieve the ideal setting by locking specific cells or entire sheets except for certain cells.
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Learn how to do this step-by-step in the video below 👇