Ask Your Question

File:close is grayed out. Can't close file without closing the program

asked 2018-02-08 19:31:28 +0100

rdhartm gravatar image

I tried to add Close to the tool bar. I did but it was also grayed out. I would love to close a file and leave the program open.

edit retag flag offensive close merge delete


There are two Close commands in the list; one for closing files, another for form filter. Are you sure you had chosen the correct one? (See description below the list to tell one from the other.)

Mike Kaganski gravatar imageMike Kaganski ( 2018-02-08 19:37:05 +0100 )edit

thanks, Mike. I go to File, and below that are New, Open, Open Remote, Recent Documents, and Close. Close is grayed out and I can't click it to close a file. Do you have that problem? I'm thinking of uninstalling and reinstalling. I think I remember it used to work.

rdhartm gravatar imagerdhartm ( 2018-02-08 20:49:54 +0100 )edit

And the grayed out File:Close is only in Calc. In LibreOffice Writer it works fine. Very strange.

rdhartm gravatar imagerdhartm ( 2018-02-08 20:51:37 +0100 )edit

Which is your version?

Mike Kaganski gravatar imageMike Kaganski ( 2018-02-08 21:07:33 +0100 )edit

1 Answer

Sort by » oldest newest most voted

answered 2018-02-09 16:56:09 +0100

rdhartm gravatar image

updated 2018-02-10 18:31:17 +0100

I uninstalled and re-installed LibreOffice yesterday. Same situation. File:close works in Writer but not in Calc, but I did realize that I can close a Calc file with the x in the upper right of the file on the line with the commands File, Edit... so that's a work around but it really puzzles me why Close is grayed out both on the tool bar (I added that command) and in the drop-down list under File. I've hit save thinking that might make the Close option viable, but no. There's a reason but it escapes me. Thanks for taking you time to think about this, Mike.


I looked again at the commands I could add to the toolbar and found another "close" which shows as an "X" on the tool bar. That works to close a file. The drop down under file still shows "Close" grayed out. So I don't get it, especially since the same option works in LibreOffice Writer, but I have found a work around. Appreciate again you taking the time to respond, Mike.

edit flag offensive delete link more


strange... it works for me with both and on Win10. Absolutely strange.

(A side note: please don't use Answer when you reply to comments. What you've posted is not an answer to your question, so it should either be in comment(s), or go to edits of the question itself. Answer is meant to answer the original question, nothing else. Thanks.)

Mike Kaganski gravatar imageMike Kaganski ( 2018-02-09 19:39:15 +0100 )edit
Login/Signup to Answer

Question Tools

1 follower


Asked: 2018-02-08 19:31:28 +0100

Seen: 221 times

Last updated: Feb 10 '18