Finalizing and Protecting Workbooks

The Excel finalize workbook feature lets you keep private data private, while the Excel protect workbook feature keeps data safe.


  1. Open an existing Excel workbook. If you want, you can use our practice workbook.
  2. Run the Spell Check to correct any spelling errors in the workbook.
  3. Use the Document Inspector to check the workbook. If you are using the example, remove all personal information from the workbook.
  4. Protect the workbook by marking it as final.