You’ve grabbed data from a source Google Sheet and used the IMPORTRANGE function to insert it into your destination sheet carefully selecting the range and sheet tab of the data that you want to display.
So you might be thinking, Great! I’ve managed to only display the content from my original Google Sheet that I want my users to see and hidden the rest from them.
While this may be the case if you are only providing ‘View’ or ‘Comment’ permission to a Google Sheet, I do have an ugly little surprise for you if you.
So basically, if you have other editors on your new sheet editing your document, they can access anything in the imported Google Sheet by copying the access granted IMPORTRANGE. All they need to do is change the Sheet tab and the range location.
When your Google Sheet spreadsheet starts to grow in complexity it is often a good idea to group similar parts of your data so you can easily collapse and expand them as you need them. Fortunately, Google Sheets has your back with the Grouping tool.
In this tutorial, we will look at how to group rows and columns in Google Sheets. We’ll also look at a few advanced capabilities and show you how to avoid some common traps.
Check it out!
This tutorial covers:
00:28 Example of grouped data
01:44 How column and row groupings work.
02:52 How to create groupings in Google Sheets
02:59 Grouping columns
04:03 Grouping adjacent columns and rows
05:13 undo grouping
05:38 Grouping rows
06:27 Sub or secondary groupings.
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Have you ever wanted to lock those pesky rows of headers or columns so that when you scroll the titles are still there? In Google Sheets, this is done easily.
You can either got to View > Freeze and select your preferred depth of freeze. Or you can do my favourite approach, click and drag that thick line just above and to the left of cell A1 and drag it to your preferred location.
Easy as that.
Check out the video tutorial below for more tricks on using Freeze in Google Sheets. It will cover:
What Freeze does in a Google Sheets spreadsheet.
How to freeze single or multiple columns and rows by using the menu bar.
How to freeze using right-click on columns and cells.