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Password Protect an Excel File

Go beyond passwords.

Control access to your Excel file down to the cell level. Make sure your collaborators only see what they should.

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Why do you Need to Password Protect Your Excel File?

Data protection is on the rise and has become a concern to most online users.

If using an Excel workbook or file is part of your daily routine, you will most likely be interested in learning how to protect your entire file instead of a single sheet.

Depending on the sensitivity and confidentiality of the data you work with, you could save much more than only your time and effort.

Is adding a Password the Right way to Ensure the Protection of Your Excel File?

By protecting your Excel file, you control who can see and/or edit its’ contents.

It is a simple solution if you have a simple problem to solve. However, once the user accesses the file, they can either see or edit everything.

What you should be trying to achieve is controlling what precisely each user can see or edit in your Excel file.

In Excel, you can’t achieve this, unfortunately. At least not at the user level. You’d need to create individual carve-outs of your Excel file, protect it, lock/unlock the cells you’d want that file recipient to be able to access and send it over to them via email or internal chat.

Moreover, if you’d like to prevent users from seeing specific sheets or cell-range content, you’d need to play around with hiding/unhiding rows and columns - this is painful!

At Layer, we've developed a new way to collaborate in Excel.

You can select parts of your Excel file down to the cell level and decide which collaborators should have access to it.

Collaborators will then receive an email granting access to the Layer online spreadsheet editor and a downloadable Excel file containing only the cells you’ve decided to share with them.

They can edit the cells’ content directly in the Layer online editor or reply to this email with the updated .xlsx file if you need their input.

Say goodbye to exposed sensitive data and people editing the wrong data in your Excel files.

There’s so much more to Layer. Please keep reading and explore what we have in store for you!

Keep Excel.
 Keep Google Sheets.

Add Layer to reduce errors, easily communicate, collaborate,
and seamlessly share data or request input within seconds.



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Protect Your Excel Files Like Never Before

Layer is a web app That Works on top of Your Existing Excel Files and Google Sheets.

Share parts of your spreadsheet, collect and consolidate data, and review changes to make collaboration seamless and more efficient while keeping full control over your data.

Save Hours of Dull Work

Managing and maintaining spreadsheets is very time-consuming and often consists of nothing but dull data operations.

Focus on what matters while Layer takes care of distributing and consolidating your data in Excel and Google Sheets. No more copy-pasting.

Keep Your Files Error Free

Spreadsheets are fragile. Errors slip in easily and are hard to detect. On top of that, they can be very costly.

Layer gives you full control and transparency over every single input and change so you can spot errors early on.

Involve Your Colleagues

Most companies store some of their most essential data in spreadsheets. Unfortunately, most of those are unconnected data silos.

With Layer, you can share the data with the relevant people in no time. Collaborate with your team and take alignment to a new level.

Get Started in Minutes

Layer works on top of your existing Excel files and Google Sheets—No new licenses, learning curve, or heavy implementation.

It's extremely easy to get started with an intuitive interface. Simply upload or connect your files and start sharing!


Manage Access

Work across filetypes and manage the access to your spreadsheets down to the cell level.

Manage Access Down To Cell Level

Grant Access Down to the Cell Level

Work Across Excel, GSheets or Layer Sheets

Add or Remove Co-Owners and Collaborators

Lock and Unlock Cells

Option to Require Sign In

Track and Review

Define, assign & monitor tasks. Keep discussions, actionable feedback, or context all in one place.

Manage Access Down To Cell Level

Highlighting and Color Coding

Revist and Revert Previous File Versions

Review, Accept or Reject Changes

Collaborate and Communicate

Spot changes quickly. Accept or reject them, keep previous file versions and restore them if needed.

Manage Access Down To Cell Level

Smart Chat

Contextual Activity History

Set Deadlines

Define and Assign Tasks

Track Task Progress

Success Stories

Leading companies worldwide use Layer to help them save time
on collaborative processes using spreadsheets.

Elliot Comite Ironclad

Elliot Comite

Finance Lead

Using Layer as a core platform for sharing data and collaboration helped make our reporting workflows 10x faster. We get some of the same processes done in a tenth of the time.

Charlotte Kelly Butternut

Charlotte Kelly

FP&A Manager

Personally, Layer reduced my stress levels quite a lot. Overall, it improved the data collation aspect and significantly reduced the manual errors as a result of copying and pasting data between different spreadsheets.

Step 1

Upload your Excel file or connect your
Google Sheet

Step 2

Share any part of your file
and assign tasks

Step 3

Collaborate, review
and consolidate data

There is no Step 4

Finally you can Control the Access to Your Spreadsheets!

Everything your team needs to streamline your communication flows and collaborate more efficiently on Excel and Google Sheets.