How to Unshare a Workbook in Excel & Google Sheets

Written by

Mel Jenkins

Reviewed by

Laura Tsitlidze

Last updated on April 30, 2022

This tutorial will demonstrate how to unshare a workbook in Excel & Google Sheets.


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Depending on the version of Excel, users can either share a workbook, or allow co-authoring. In Office 365, Microsoft encourages users to use OneDrive and allow co-authoring of workbooks on the web. For this reason in Office 365, the traditional share feature has been hidden by default. Instead there is a share option in the top right hand corner of the screen which allows the user to save the workbook to OneDrive and send a co-authoring link to another user. Once a workbook has been shared, it needs to be unshared in order to make the workbook private again.

Un-sharing Workbooks

If an Excel workbook has been shared in the traditional way, we can easily un-share the workbook using the Excel Ribbon.

In the Ribbon, select Review > Protect > Unshare Workbook.

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Removing Shared Access on One-Drive

If we have shared the workbook using the new co-authoring functionality of Excel 365, then we need to go to One Drive and remove access to the file or folder that is shared.

In Windows Explorer, navigate to OneDrive

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Right-click on the required file and then click Remove Access.

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The file will no longer be available to other users.

How to Un-share a Workbook in  Google Sheets

Open the File that is shared in Google Sheets.

Click on the Share button and then click Remove under the person’s editor role.

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