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How to View Protected Ranges in Google Sheets

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.

How to show protected ranges in Google Sheets

  • Go to “View”“Show”“Protected ranges”. Click “Protected ranges”.

  • Done

make protected ranges visible in Google sheets
How to make protected ranges visible in Google sheets

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.

A table without “Protected ranges” function
A table without “Protected ranges” function

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. 

A table with “Protected ranges” function on
A table with “Protected ranges” function on

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.

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How do I turn off range protection in Google Sheets?

Do you want to know how to protect worksheets or a certain range of cells in a worksheet? Check this article: How to Lock Cells in Google Sheets

How do I unhide tabs in Google Sheets?

If you are interested in hiding or unhiding worksheets in Google Sheets, check this article: How to Hide a Tab in Google Sheets

When are locking cells and sheets beneficial?

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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