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

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

What is Insert Button in Excel:

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 Insert Button Disabled:
There are mainly 5 different reasons for Excel Insert button greyed out on the Developer Tab.
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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Anson Antony

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26 Responses

  1. For reason #4 you may have pressed ctrl+6 which toggles display options on/off pressing ctrl+6 again toggles it back on.

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

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

    it works for me at least

  4. 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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