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

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.


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  3. 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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