Protect, hide, and edit sheets

Protect a sheet or range

To protect a sheet or range, use Google Sheets on a computer.

Hide sheets from view

You can hide sheets that are old or are placeholders for calculations used by other sheets.

Hiding a sheet is not the same as protecting a sheet. All spreadsheet editors can unhide and view these sheets. Spreadsheet viewers can’t see hidden sheets.

Hide or unhide a sheet

To hide a sheet:

  1. Open a spreadsheet in the Google Sheets app.
  2. Tap the sheet you want to hide.
  3. On the sheet tab, tap the Down arrow Down arrow.
  4. Tap Hide. This option won’t show if your spreadsheet doesn’t contain two or more sheets.
  5. Your sheet will be hidden from view.

To unhide a sheet:

  1. In the bottom left, tap the Menu.
  2. Tap the name of the sheet you no longer want hidden.
  3. Your sheet will appear at the bottom of your spreadsheet.

If you, your spreadsheets viewers, or spreadsheet editors make a copy of the sheet hidden sheets will be preserved, but they will be able to unhide the sheets.

Import and export spreadsheets with hidden sheets

Hidden sheets will stay hidden if you:

  • Export the spreadsheet as a .pdf, .xls, or .ods file.
  • Import the spreadsheet in .xls, .xlsx, or .ods format.

Edit sheets

Copy a sheet

To copy a sheet within a spreadsheet:

  1. Open a spreadsheet in the Google Sheets app.
  2. On the sheet tab, tap the Down arrow Down arrow.
  3. Tap Duplicate.
Reorder sheets

To change the order of the sheets in a spreadsheet:

  1. Open a spreadsheet in the Google Sheets app.
  2. On the sheet tab, tap the Down arrow Down arrow.
  3. Tap Move left or Move right.
Rename a sheet

To change the name of a sheet in a spreadsheet:

  1. Open a spreadsheet in the Google Sheets app.
  2. On the sheet tab, tap the Down arrow Down arrow.
  3. Tap Rename.
  4. Enter the new name, then tap OK.
Add color to a sheet tab

Add a color to your sheet tabs to easily tell them apart.

  1. Open a spreadsheet in the Google Sheets app.
  2. On the sheet tab, tap the Down arrow Down arrow.
  3. Tap Tab color.
  4. Tap a color, then tap the sheet to continue editing.
Delete a sheet
  1. Open a spreadsheet in the Google Sheets app.
  2. On the sheet tab, tap the Down arrow Down arrow.
  3. Tap Delete. The sheet will be deleted.
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