Can’t click into cells in Excel: Troubleshooting tips

Microsoft Excel is powered by cells. Cells store values, functions and formulae we use within Excel. Due to this, a failure in their operation is detrimental to your experience with Excel. To make matters worse, this issue has more than once cause. Despite this, you needn’t worry, for we’ve means to resolve the issues you may be facing. 

Problem Solution 
Cell is protected Disable the protection 
Can’t click unprotected cells Configure an edit range 

In this post we’ll be guiding you on each of the solutions to each of the aforementioned problems- in which you may find yourself unable to click your cells. Each guide will provide additional assistance to readers via images at the end of each step. If you’re ready, follow along and let’s get started. 

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Removing a cell’s protection 

Where is the guide? 

As you may have noticed, the current segment has no present guide. This is due to such a guide already existing within another Excel related post linked here. You may also find attached the instructions needed to re-apply protection to cells (for use after you’ve made changes). 

Editing edit range to click into cells

Please note this will require the Microsoft Excel desktop application. 

Step 1 – Open your Excel worksheet 

  • As we always remind you, you’ll want your worksheet open if you intend to make any changes to it. In this case, having content on your sheet is not necessarily important- so feel free to follow along with an empty sheet if that’s what you have. 

Step 2 – Select the intended edit range 

  • If you’re uncertain of the range to use, we recommend making the entire sheet editable- after all, you can always lower the range another time. To select the entire sheet, use the short cut ctrl a or select the triangle icon in the upper left corner of your sheet. This icon will be displayed below for your convenience.  

Step 3 – Select Allow Edit Ranges from the Review tab 

  • First find and click Review within Excel’s tab ribbon. Afterwards, select Allow Edit Ranges from the right side of the tab. 

Step 4 – Create a new range 

  • Within the tool you should see a “New” button. Click it to begin creating a range. Your selection will automatically be used to generate the range. 

Step 5 – Confirm your range settings 

  • Now your range has been set-up you’ll need to confirm your choices with the OK button. In doing so you’ll return to the prior menu (which you’ll need to stay on for the next steps. 

Step 6 – Verify sheet protection settings 

  • Back in the main menu, select Protect Sheet… to proceed. From here we can ensure a particular setting is enabled. 

Step 7 – Leave the Select locked cells box checked 

  • Close to the top of the list you should spot the Select locked cells option. Please click the option’s box and create a tick. After which you may exit by selecting OK

Step 8 – Click a cell 

  • Now you’ve configured an editable range, you should try to work within it. Start with a click. If you can, move on from there. 

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End note 


Excel is a powerful platform utilised for the creation of spreadsheets. Amongst many of its various configuration options is the ability to configure cells, which store data, to function as dropdowns. This allows users to control the data that can be input into the cell. Dropdown cells are created via the data validation tool, which can be used to limit the accepted values a cell will take. This is an application of data validation; it allows us to ensure the data we receive is only what we expect to receive. 


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