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I have a protected range but I want to do the opposite of its function. I only want a user to be edit that specific range.

So, how can I have them "view only" for the whole spreadsheet but edit one specific range?

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    Except for the perhaps obvious solution; to protect the rest of the sheet, but not that particular column? – Vidar S. Ramdal Mar 7 '14 at 23:49
  • That probably does work I guess but I was trying to avoid that to prevent the checkered lines all throughout with the rest being protected; they still need to be able to clearly read the rest of the spreadsheet. – user48742 Mar 8 '14 at 3:32
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Protect the sheet and apply an exception.

  1. Right click the sheet's tab
  2. Select protect
  3. On the sidebar, mark the checkbox "Except certain cells". This will display a field to set the cells that will be editable
  4. Click on the button "Set permissions"

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