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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

  1. Go to “View” → “Show” → “Protected ranges”. Click “Protected ranges”.
  2. Done
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

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

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.


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 do I unhide tabs in Google Sheets?

If you are interested in hiding or unhiding worksheets in Google Sheets, check this article.

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. 

Check this Live Client Reporting Template for Excel & Google Sheets prepared by LiveFlow to see how you can streamline reporting for your clients. 

What are the other basic tips in Google Sheets?

If you don’t get the solution to your question in this article or you are interested in learning more basic tips in Google Sheets, you may find the answers in the following articles.

Move onto the articles below to learn how to use Google Sheets, such as signing in, renaming, saving and printing a file, setting up notifications, and changing themes.

Google Sheets Sign-in: Explained

How to Rename a Google Sheet File

How to Save Google Sheets in Google Drive

How to Set Up Notifications in Google Sheets

How to Set Print Area in Google Sheets

Change Theme in Google Sheets: Explained

Autofill Function in Google Sheets: Explained

Go to the following articles to learn basic operations, such as redo and undo, referencing a cell on another sheet in a formula, inserting a table, and putting an image into a cell.

Redo and Undo in Google Sheets: Explained

How to Reference Another Sheet in Google Sheets

How to Make a Table in Google Sheets

How to Insert an Image into a Cell in Google Sheets

Check the following posts if you want to learn how to insert, modify, and remove comments and note or tag someone in your comment.

How to Add a Comment to a Cell in Google Sheets

How to Tag Someone in Google Sheets

Comment History in Google Sheets: Explained

How to Insert a Note in Google Sheets

How to See Edit History in Google Sheets

Read these articles to learn how to show formulas, missing toolbar, or formula bar in Google Sheets.

How to Show Formulas in Google Sheets

How to Show Formula Bar in Google Sheets

How to Show the Toolbar Missing in Google Sheets

Visit these articles to learn how to protect cells and view protected cells or ranges.

How to Lock Cells in Google Sheets

Analyze your live financial data in a snap

Are you learning this tip to visualize financial data, build a financial model, or conduct financial analysis? In that case, LiveFlow may help you automate manual workflows and update numbers in real-time. You can access various financial templates on our website, from the simple Income Statement to Multi-Currency Consolidated Financial Statement. You can also customize these templates as you want without breaking the automated data inflow.

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