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How to Unprotect a Sheet in Google Sheets (Easiest Way in 2024)

How to Unprotect a Sheet in Google Sheets

Follow the steps below to easily unprotect a sheet in Google Sheets. 

1. Identify and Select the Sheet to Unprotect

Look for the sheet tab you want to unprotect at the bottom of your document. Each sheet is accessible through its own dedicated tab.

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2. Access the Right-Click Menu on the Sheet Tab

Perform a right-click on the tab of the sheet you wish to unprotect to bring up a context menu with various options. Select the "Protect sheet" option to access its protection settings.

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3. Navigate to Sheet Protection Settings

Within the sheet protection settings, look for options to alter or remove existing permissions and select "Sheet" if it's specifically the sheet protection you intend to modify. Click "Set Permissions."

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4. Click on the Trash Icon to Unprotect the Sheet

Locate and select the "Trash" icon to lift the protection off the sheet to grant you full access to make modifications.

5. Confirm Removal of Sheet Protection

If prompted with a confirmation dialog, confirm your choice to remove the sheet's protection to ensure intentional changes.

6. Verify Unprotection by Editing the Sheet

The locked icon should now be removed from your sheet tab. Try editing the sheet to confirm that its protection has been successfully removed.

We hope that you now have a better understanding of how to unprotect a sheet in Google Sheets. If you enjoyed this article, you might also like our article on how to create graphs on Google Sheets or our article on how to unprotect cells in Google Sheets.

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