How to enable Insert under Developer tab in excel 2007 and 2010

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Developer Tab Insert button disabled in Excel 2007 and 2010?

What is it: Insert option under Developer tab is greyed out and not allowing you click?

Why is it disabled: Reason why this option is greyed out or disabled is because your Excel sheet is Protected.

How to enable Developer tab:

Once you unprotect the sheet, this gets enabled.

Step 1: Go to Review tab and click on Unprotect.

Step 2: Enter the same password you used to protect the sheet and click OK.





Step 3: Go back to Developer and check the Insert button, it should be enabled now.

Developer tab

If the above didn’t work for you then Click Here to check out the other 4 reasons for insert button grayed out on the Developer tab.



Anson Antony

Anson Antony

Anson is a contributing author and founder at ASKEYGEEK.com. Learning anything new has always been his passion, ASKEYGEEK.com is an outcome of his passion for technology and business. He has got a decade of versatile experience in Business Process Outsourcing, Finance & Accounting, Information Technology, Operational Excellence & Business Intelligence. During the tenure, he had worked for organizations like Genpact, Hewlett Packard, M*Modal and Capgemini in various roles and responsibilities. Outside business and technology, he is a movie buff who spends hours together watching and learning Cinema and a Film Maker too!

6 Responses

  1. I have this issue but the worksheet is NOT protected. Anyone know of another cause for the grayed out Insert button on the Developer tab?

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