How to unprotect Excel 2013 Spreadsheet

We have a shared spreadsheet that an area of it is protected or at least that is what it says.  But the unprotect option is grayed out.  This is in Excel 2013.  I click on Review and the option is not there although Excel says when I try to go directly to that cell area to turn off protection.  I'm not an Excel expert is there somewhere else that it could be.

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Peterson50Asked:
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rhandelsCommented:
Could it be that the documents is password protected?? And also, in what version is the document created? Could it be that in it's conversion something went wrong?

What do you see when you right click those ceels, go to Format Cells and then go to protection?? Is the locked box ticked?
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Rob HensonFinance AnalystCommented:
When you say Shared, do you mean saved on a shared network location or do you mean that the Shared feature has been enabled where multiple users can have Write Access at the same time?

If the latter, I suspect the file has become corrupted as is often the case when using the Shared Workbook feature; it is notoriously unreliable!

If not using the Shared feature, phew! it will be something else and it might not be all hope lost!!

Where are you opening the file from? Do you get a ribbon message with an Enable Editing button? This often happens when opening from a SharePoint or similar website or when opening an e-mail attachment.

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Rob H
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Peterson50Author Commented:
Created in Excel 97 - Right click on it does nothing.  The cell pointer will stay in a cell that is editable.  They are using the shared worksheet feature turned on in Excel, Shared Worksheet. There is no enable editing button when it loads.

It exists simply on a shared drive.

It may be easier to recreate the spreadsheet than correct it.
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Rob HensonFinance AnalystCommented:
Shared = Corrupt as suspected.
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Peterson50Author Commented:
Recreated file
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Peterson50Author Commented:
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Accepted answer: 0 points for Peterson50's comment #a40362859

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Rob HensonFinance AnalystCommented:
Recreating the file may be the only solution to the problem but that does not mean that the insight/advice given is not worthy of points.
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