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.
- Firstly, click on the cell which you can type texts or data.
- Secondly, click the expand button in “Paragraph” group under “Home” tab to open the “Paragraph” dialog box.
- In “Paragraph” dialog box, you can see in “Indentation” part, “First line” is chosen for “Special”, follow with a large value.
Now what you need do is to choose “none” for “Special” or choose “0” for “Indentation” value.
- Then click “OK”.
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:
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
- To begin with, click the plus sign on the upper-left corner of the table to select the whole table.
- Then right click and choose “Table Properties”.
- In “Table Properties” dialog box, clear the “Specify height” box.
- And click “OK” to save the change. Then you shall see all the contents hidden in these cells.
Method 2: Reset Font Size
- Select the table first.
- Then go to “Font” group and choose a smaller 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.
- Similarly, select the table.
- Next, under “Home” tab, choose a new font color that is different from the background one.
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.
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:
- Find the file location first.
- Then right click on it and choose “Properties”.
- Next in the dialog box, uncheck the “Read-only” box in “Attributes” part.
- Last but not the least, 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:
- Now you need to click “Protect Document” in the backstage.
- Then click “Restrict Editing”.
- On the right side of the document screen, you can see “Restrict Formatting and Editing” pane. Just click “Stop Protection”.
- Then enter password and click “OK” in “Unprotect Document” dialog box.
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