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How to restrict access to a certain worksheet in Excel?

In some cases, you don’t want a certain worksheet to be viewed by others as the data in this worksheet is important. Normally, many Excel users tend to hide the worksheet for restricting access by the Hide feature. But others can unhide this worksheet easily with the Unhide feature. This article will show you methods of restricting access to a certain worksheet in Excel.

Restrict access to a certain worksheet with very hidden
Restrict access to a certain worksheet with Kutools for Excel

Restrict access to a certain worksheet with very hidden

Actually, you can restrict access to a certain worksheet with setting the worksheet as very hidden status.

1. Open the workbook and shift to the worksheet you will restrict access to, then right click the sheet tab and select View Code from the right-clicking menu.

2. Then the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window pops up, please go to the Properties pane. Then select 2 – xlSheetVeryHidden from the Visible drop-down list. See screenshot:

3. Close the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window.

Now the certain worksheet is very hidden now. And you can’t show it with the normal unhide feature in Excel.

Restrict access to a certain worksheet with Kutools for Excel

Kutools for Excel provides a feature – Hide/Unhide Workbooks and Sheets to easily make a worksheet very hidden in a workbook. Please do as follows.

Before applying Kutools for Excel, please download and install it firstly.

1. Click Kutools > Show & Hide > Hide/Unhide Workbooks and Sheets

2. In the Hide/Unhide Workbooks and Sheets dialog box, you can see all opened workbooks are displayed in the Workbook windows box.

Please click to select the workbook which contains the worksheet you need to make it very hidden in the Workbook windows box. And in the Sheets box, click to select the certain sheet you will restrict access by others, then specify the VeryHidden option from the drop-down list. And finally close the dialog box. See screenshot:

Now the certain worksheet is very hidden immediately.

Note: with this utility, you can hide all sheets but certain one, or unhide all hidden sheets at once easily.

  If you want to have a free trial ( 30-day) of this utility, please click to download it, and then go to apply the operation according above steps.

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I tried the very hidden feature. And it works! Thank you!
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The very hidden function is great - except, anyone with the right permissions to access the file can just go into the exact same place to make it visible again... I've had this issue - I want to share a workbook with external colleagues - I don't mind them having read-only or editable access. BUT I do not want them to have ANY access to some worksheets within the workbook that feed some of the data analysis.

Is there a way to full protect (from view) worksheets within a workbook in a way that doesn't just mean they're a Google search away from reversing hidden tabs?
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Hi Siobhan,
The method provided in the following article may do you a favor. Please give it a try.
How To Protect Worksheet From Viewing In Excel?
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