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How do you unprotect a table cell in Writer?

asked 2016-01-02 22:50:59 +0200

lomacar gravatar image

You used to be able to simply right-click on a table cell and go to Cell > Protect, and then if you wanted to reverse that you could select Cell > Unprotect. I don't know when it changed, but now there is no longer any right-click menu options for Row, Column and Cell like there used to be. You can protect a cell by going to Table > Protect Cells in the main menu, but then there is no way to unprotect the cell if you change your mind! Great! Why was this functionality broken?

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Well, for now I just downloaded OpenOffice and it worked fine in there. But this should really be fixed in LibreOffice.

lomacar gravatar imagelomacar ( 2016-01-02 23:21:44 +0200 )edit

In OpenOffice 4.1.5 an individual cell cannot be unprotected. The whole table in Writer can be unprotected from from within the navigator <f5>. Select and right click the required table.Select Table from the options. Here can be found the "Unprotect" option.

Doug T gravatar imageDoug T ( 2018-08-21 04:46:43 +0200 )edit

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answered 2016-01-07 12:14:59 +0200

peterwt gravatar image

It is there in but not in on windows.

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Correct. It seems to have simply been removed from the mouse menu with no option to restore this useful feature. Version 5 is disappointing as so many useful features from 4 seem to have been abandoned. Moving to version 5 is a backward step with zero benefit that I can see. Very disappointing.

LibreOfficeUsr gravatar imageLibreOfficeUsr ( 2019-01-04 18:42:27 +0200 )edit

answered 2016-01-07 11:40:30 +0200

pierre-yves samyn gravatar image


I do not know which version you use, but in the 5.0.4 (windows) menu Table includes Protect and Unprotect.


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