Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Excel in Office 365. If you are using an earlier version (Excel 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Excel, click here: Controlling Where You Edit Cell Contents.

Controlling Where You Edit Cell Contents

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated April 17, 2021)

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By default, Excel allows you to edit cell information either in the Formula bar or in the cell itself. (Select the cell and press F2, or simply double-click on a cell.) You may want to turn the in-cell editing feature off, however. To do this, you can follow these steps:

  1. Display the Excel Options dialog box. (In Excel 2007 click the Office button and then click Excel Options. In Excel 2010 and later versions display the File tab of the ribbon and then click Options.)
  2. Click Advanced at the left side of the dialog box. (See Figure 1.)
  3. Figure 1. The Advanced options of the Excel Options dialog box.

  4. In the Editing Options section, clear the Allow Editing Directly in Cells check box.
  5. Click on OK.

ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (9308) applies to Microsoft Excel 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Excel in Office 365. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Excel here: Controlling Where You Edit Cell Contents.

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Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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What is seven more than 6?

2021-04-18 09:58:25

Roy

All well and good, but there is some unfortunate (my opiion, maybe lots of people like it) other effect this enables, or allows to happen.

I just can't remember what it is... not for the life of me, though, thankfully, it hasn't come to that yet.

Personally, I hate editing in a cell (just do, nothing to do with the extra thing I am wish I could remember), so I always had it shut off. But I tried it once some years ago and whatever it was began rearing its ugly head.

Perhaps this note will trigger someone's own memory about something like I describe and they might add what it is.

However, one should be aware that there is more to what happens than just you get to edit in cells along with the formula editor, and that at least one person in the world found that extra thing very obnoxious. Enough to tell his boss "No, not re-enabling 'Edit in cells', not re-enabling it AT ALL." (I felt strongly about whatever it was.)


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