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Vincent Rubiolo wrote:
Dear LibreOffice users,

I am running LO on Fedora 20 ( and I am updating
Writer a document originally coming from OpenOffice.

It is a one page list of errands, with contents in 2 tables. I can edit
part of the document correctly (one table) but the other is uneditable
because it is actually read-only. I can see that from the disalog that
pops-up when attempting to edit ("Readonly content cannot be changed.").

The problem is that I:
1. AFAIK never asked for this part of the document to be read-only.
2. am unable to change that back to editable.

Indeed, most solutions I have found ask to select the text/table and
Choose Edit->Sections to enable back editing. In my case (attached
captures), I can see the 'Sections' menu being grayed out in both cases.
Also note how many more items are greyed out when in the read-only part
of the document.

Could sb tell me what I need to do here? I have been searching for hours
on a way to do that without success...

Thanks for your help on this matter!


To protect cells in a table, you can select them and either use the menu Table > Protect Cells, or right-click > Cell > Protect. You may have accidentally clicked one of those option at some point and not noticed since there's no immediately obvious effect; it's easily done.

Having done that, Table > Protect Cells is disabled so can't select that again to remove protection. However, you can right-click > Cell > Unprotect. A bit inconsistent, but hopefully that helps!

I've submitted bug 83011 to report the inconsistency in options to remove cell protection:


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