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Just a thought, but wouldn't "View | Navigator" help here? On a simple
test document in Writer, after inserting a table within a table, I see
two tables listed in Navigator. They appear under each other, so there
is no way to tell that they are nested, but double-clicking on them
takes one to the first cell in each, so I can tell from that where the
tables are. Although I do note that when I have an inner table in the
first cell of an outer table, double-clicking on either table in
Navigator takes me to the first cell in the inner table. But by
right-clicking on the table in Navigator, I can select "Table | Edit"
to bring up the "Table Format" dialog, though again I note that doing
so for either the outer table or the inner table in the first cell
edits the format of the inner table, which I assume is a bug, and
should probably be reported.

Surely this would help to determine if the OP does indeed have two
nested tables, as Brian suspects?


On Sun, 31 Aug 2014 11:58:09 +0100
Mark Bourne <> wrote:

Vincent Rubiolo wrote:
Hello Brian

On 08/25/2014 10:28 PM, Brian Barker wrote:
One possibility here is that structure of your document is more
complex than simply cells of table. Have you perhaps got a table -
even if only of a single cell - inside a cell of another table? If
so, you may have the relevant cell of the outer, containing table
protected with the cell of the inner table not protected. As the
outer cell is protected, you cannot change the properties of the
inner table cell, so the Cell > submenu there will indeed show a
greyed-out <No selection possible>.

The solution is to unprotect the outer table cell. If there is no
room to get your cursor into the outer table cell without it being
also in the inner table cell (so you cannot get to the relevant
context menu), put the cursor at the end of the text in the inner
cell and press Alt+Enter. You'll then have space to get to the
context menu you require.

I trust this helps.

Thanks for the suggestion. Even though the document structure is
very simple (I don't think there are nested tables), I have tried
what you advised. However, this does not work because 'Alt+Enter'
modifies the cell (inserts a newline),something I cannot do for my
read-only cell. The key combination thus does nothing, whereas it
does insert the newline when I am in the other part of the document
(the one which is writable).

That suggests that you do have tables within cells of an outer table, 
since Alt+Enter otherwise does nothing.

Another thing you can do to access the outer table cell is to
position the cursor at the end of the last cell of the table which is
within another table's cell, and press the right arrow key. The
cursor moves out of the inner table, but still within the outer
table's cell. It looks like a new line has been added, but that's
just for display and still works even when the cell is protected; the
extra line disappears again if you move out of that cell without
adding anything.

If you're not sure which cells might be the last cell of an inner
table, it's probably the last one which you can't modify. Otherwise,
just try pressing right arrow from the end of each cell in turn.

Unless you have more suggestions, at this point, I think I will
open a bug report so that I can attach the document and people can
try things out.

Bug reports are for reporting faults in the software. Unless the 
protected areas of the document have resulted from a bug, the report 
will quite likely be closed as invalid since the software is working
as intended by not allowing changes to protected cells.

You're better off uploading the document to a file sharing service,
and pasting a link here. Alternatively, I hear the Nabble interface
to the mailing list allows you to upload attachments and includes a
link in the message email, although I've never used that so can't say
how to do it:


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