6 Ways to Resolve the Issue when Unable to Input Anything into Word Table Cells

In this article, there are 6 ways available for you to resolve the issue of unable to input in Word table cells.

There are situations when we receive a Word document from others, but only to find that we are unable to enter either text or data into Word tables. This can be annoying, but not unfixable.

In the following content, we list 6 different methods to deal with this problem along with some causes to it.

Situation 1: Unable to Type Only in Certain Cell

The first situation might be you unable to input texts or data in some cells, but others remain normal. This can happen because of a large indentation value is applied.

  1. Firstly, click on the cell which you can type texts or data.
  2. Secondly, click the expand button in “Paragraph” group under “Home” tab to open the “Paragraph” dialog box.Click Expand Button
  3. In “Paragraph” dialog box, you can see in “Indentation” part, “First line” is chosen for “Special”, follow with a large value.Large Indentation Value

Now what you need do is to choose “none” for “Special” or choose “0” for “Indentation” value.

  1. Then click “OK”.Choose "none" for "Special" or Choose "0" for Indentation Value

Situation 2: Can’t Type in All Cells

Sometimes you may find all table cells deny your access to input. Meanwhile, when you put cursor in a cell, it display abnormally, such as below:Example of Unable to Type in All Cells

There can be 2 reasons. The first one is that a fixed cell row height is appointed. And the other one is related to an oversize text.

Here are 2 ways to fix it accordingly.

Method 1: Clear the Specified Row Height

  1. To begin with, click the plus sign on the upper-left corner of the table to select the whole table.
  2. Then right click and choose “Table Properties”.Select Table ->Right Click ->Choose "Table Properties"
  3. In “Table Properties” dialog box, clear the “Specify height” box.
  4. And click “OK” to save the change. Then you shall see all the contents hidden in these cells.Clear "Specify height" Box ->Click "OK"

Method 2: Reset Font Size

  1. Select the table first.
  2. Then go to “Font” group and choose a smaller font size.Reset the Font Size

Situation 3: No Word Visible as You Type

This can be strange, for you can locate your cursor in a cell but see no word when you type. Don’t be freak out! Someone may set the font color as same as the background color, such as white.

Also, this is easy to handle.

  1. Similarly, select the table.
  2. Next, under “Home” tab, choose a new font color that is different from the background one.Choose a New Font Color

Situation 4: Unable to Edit on the Whole Document

Under such a situation, we summarize two causes.

Cause 1: In Read-only Mode

It’s not hard to understand this part. When in Read-only mode, the entire document is prevented from editing, let alone the table cells.In Read-only Mode

2 methods are at your purchase. First, you can choose to save the file as a new one by click “File” and “Save As”.

Here is the second one:

  1. Find the file location first.
  2. Then right click on it and choose “Properties”.Right Click File ->Choose "Properties"
  3. Next in the dialog box, uncheck the “Read-only” box in “Attributes” part.
  4. Last but not the least, click “OK”.Uncheck "Read-only" Box ->Click "OK"

Cause 2: In Restrict Editing Protection

This is a similar cause, and you can click “File” then click “Info” to see the document is in protection, just as below:Click "File" ->Click "Info"

  1. Now you need to click “Protect Document” in the backstage.
  2. Then click “Restrict Editing”.Click "Protect Document" ->Click "Restrict Editing"
  3. On the right side of the document screen, you can see “Restrict Formatting and Editing” pane. Just click “Stop Protection”.
  4. Then enter password and click “OK” in “Unprotect Document” dialog box.Click "Stop Protection" ->Enter Password ->Click "OK"

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6 responses to “6 Ways to Resolve the Issue when Unable to Input Anything into Word Table Cells”

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  3. Ms word 2013, when I inserted table and type. That is ok but after resize table and try to type then it is not type. So what is the problem. Pls solve problem.

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