5 Reasons/Causes for Excel Insert button greyed out on the Developer tab

Excel Insert Button Greyed Out? 5 Solutions (with Images)

What is it:

Insert button under Developer tab helps you insert Form Controls and ActiveX Controls like Combo Box, List Box, Spin Button etc on your User Form or Excel worksheet. But there are few situations when this insert option disabled in Excel or the Excel Insert Button greyed out and will not allowing you click.

In this post we are discussing the various reasons for Excel Insert Button greyed out and how to enable the same.

Why is it Disabled:

There are mainly 5 different reasons for Excel Insert button greyed out on the Developer Tab.Excel Insert button greyed out_asKeygeek

Reason 1: Excel Insert button greyed out due to Excel Sheet or Workbook is Protected.

Click the Here to know how to Unprotect and Enable the Greyed out Insert buttonExcel Insert button greyed out-Unprotect

Reason 2: Excel Insert button greyed out due to Excel Sheet or Workbook is Shared.

Click the Here to know how to Unshared and Enable the Greyed out Insert button.Excel Insert button greyed out_asKeygeek

Reason 3: Excel Insert button greyed out due to Multiple Sheets Selected in the Workbook.

Click the Here to know how to Unselect and Enable the Greyed out Insert button.Excel Insert button greyed out_asKeygeek


Reason 4: Excel Insert button greyed out due to Display Options for the Workbook is Disabled.

Click the Here to know how to Enable Display Options and Enable the Greyed out Insert button.Excel Insert button greyed out_asKeygeek

Reason 5: Excel Insert button greyed out due to Track Changes Enabled for the Workbook.

Click the Here to know how to Disable Track Changes and Enable the Greyed out Insert buttonExcel Insert button greyed out_TrackChanges_asKeygeek

These are the common reasons for Excel Insert button greyed out on the Developer Tab and the solutions to the same. Please let us know if you find some other reason for insert option disabled excel.

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25 Comments

  1. I spent hours in looking for a solution. In my case it was the solution 4. Thank you for your tips

  2. it was reason 5 for me – wouldn’t find it without this post ! thx

  3. thank you!!!!! super helpful

  4. Thanks! This worked for me.

  5. how to remove this problem in windows xp

  6. Thanks Dear, Reason 4 worked for me, all objects were hidden!!!

  7. Excellent, it worked

  8. super ………
    Its working for me.

    Thanks Mahesh…

  9. removed the xlb file and it worked for me :). Thanks !

  10. in folder
    C:\Users\Username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Excel
    just delete the excel folder

    it works for me at least

  11. Go to following file location in your login profile
    C:\Users\Username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Excel\Excel14.xlb

    Just Close all excel files and rename
    Excel14.xlb
    To
    Excel14.xlb_old
    and start excel file and enjoy………………………………

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