How To Share Only One Tab in Google Sheets

Last Updated on October 31, 2023 by Jake Sheridan

In this tutorial, you will learn how to share only one tab in Google Sheets.

Google designed a working environment to promote team cooperation with its sharing-friendly Google Drive. Spreadsheet sharing made it incredibly simple to allow coworkers to make additions at any moment.

In Google Sheets, sharing a tab is different from sharing the entire spreadsheet, and sharing a document with someone who has a Google account is different from sharing it with someone who doesn’t.

Once you are ready, we can jump right into learning how to share only one tab in Google Sheets.

Share Only One Tab in Google Sheets

Before we begin, we will need a Google Sheets file with multiple tabs that you want to share with your colleagues.

Scenario 1

Sometimes it’s necessary to direct users’ attention to a particular sheet in a shared spreadsheet or to ensure they open a certain tab (other than the first one that opens by default). To achieve this, find the sheet you want a user to land on, then while still on the sheet, go to the address bar and copy the URL.


Scenario 2

You want to only share a certain tab with your colleagues without giving them permission to view the other tabs inside the Google Sheets. To do this, you will need to use the Protect spreadsheet function in Google Sheets to protect the other tabs.

Step 1

Find the tab you want to protect, then right-click on it and choose Protect sheet from the menu that appears.


Step 2

Only those people who need access to the sheet should be left after selecting Set permissions, then Restrict who can modify this range. then press Done.


Step 3

Find the tab you wish to conceal, then right-click on it and choose Hide sheet to make it disappear.



That’s all there is to it. You are welcome to copy the example spreadsheet below to see how it is done. The most crucial lesson is to enjoy yourself while doing it.

Example Spreadsheet: Make a copy of the example spreadsheet

In this tutorial, I covered how to share only one tab in Google Sheets. Want more? Check out all the Google Sheets Tutorials.