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How to protect worksheet from viewing in Excel?

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Protect worksheet from viewing in Excel

Protect worksheet from viewing in Excel

Please do as follows to protect a specific worksheet from viewing in Excel.

1. Open the worksheet you want to protect from viewing, right click the sheet tab and select Hide from the context menu to hide the worksheet. See screenshot:

2. Click Review > Protect Workbook.

3. In the Protect Structure and Windows dialog box, enter a password into the Password textbox, keep the Structure box selected and then click the OK button. Then confirm the password in the Confirm Password dialog box. See screenshot:

Now the specific worksheet is protected for viewing in the workbook.

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Thanks gents, exactly what I needed.
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Hi all,
I tried it and it works, but I was a little disappointed when I saw that, once unlocked, the protection of the structure just disappears. I was hoping that it stayed active and with the same password every time the user closed the file.

In my case it is not sufficiently efficient. I need to have a file that I can update daily without risking that other people read the secret sheets. It means opening it, unlocking the workbook protection, updating the content of the sheets, re-hiding them so that nobody but me can read them the next time the file gets opened, saving it then closing it. If I have to reset the protection every time, it is less friendly than I expected.

If there is a better way to do what I need to be done, please let me know. Thank you all. Bye,
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Hi Macro,
There is a way to help you automatically protect a specified worksheet every time you save a workbook.
But first you still need to unhide the worksheet manually and unprotect the worksheet before you can edit it. After editing, press Ctrl+S or click the Save button and the worksheet will be protected automatically.
Youc can try the VBA code in the following article.
How To Auto Protect A Specific Worksheet In Excel?
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How to prefent, when a person knows the file name and location and the sheetname, to simply acces the data from an other sheet using a formula?
I.e. my sheet is called 'Test.xlsm', sheetname is 'Sheet1'. Even if the excel is protected en the sheet is hidden. You can easily put a formula in an other sheet in cell 'A1'='[Test.xlsm]Sheet1'!A1. You copy this to the entire sheet and all data is visibile in the other sheet. Is there a way to protect this.
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Hi Rossi,
If you just protect the structure of the workbook, you cannot prevent the worksheet data from being obtained using formulas, even if the worksheet is hidden.
To avoid this, maybe you can encrypt the workbook with a password, so that you need a password to open the workbook. If the person who wants to access the data via the formula cannot provide a password. The formula will return an error value.
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