Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 2007, 2010, and 2013. If you are using an earlier version (Excel 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Excel, click here: Turning Off Sharing.

Turning Off Sharing

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated October 17, 2017)


At some point you may want to turn off workbook sharing in Excel. For instance, when the end of the development period for the workbook has been reached, you will want to turn off sharing and come up with your final version of the workbook.

You can turn off sharing by following these steps:

  1. Display the Review tab of the ribbon.
  2. Click the Share Workbook tool, in the Changes group. Excel displays the Share Workbook dialog box.
  3. Clear the Allow Changes check box.
  4. Click on OK.

When you turn off sharing and click on the OK button, Excel displays a warning that what you are doing may have consequences for other users. Provided there are no other users accessing the workbook, you should go ahead and click on Yes. If there are other users (shown back in the Share Workbook dialog box), you may want to ask them to save their changes and close the workbook before proceeding.

ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (8487) applies to Microsoft Excel 2007, 2010, and 2013. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Excel here: Turning Off Sharing.

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Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...


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2017-11-09 05:55:42


This was a lifesaver. Thank you! Weird that they'd hide such a game-changing option in such a reclusive spot. Was working on a huge generated EXCEL file and it defaulted to a shared state, excel functions I needed were greyed out. This fixed that! Thank you, again.

2015-11-09 01:26:52



2015-08-13 02:21:51


Great tip - thanks for the advice.

2015-04-11 11:16:01


It is probably worth mentioning that you must be the owner of the document (e.g. I had work document I was working on at home, it took me moment to realise that I could only turn off sharing if I opened the document on the work network using my work credentials).

2014-12-09 07:30:24



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