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Merge and Center Not Available

Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. If you are using a later version (Excel 2007 or later), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for later versions of Excel, click here: Merge and Center Not Available.

Paul has a worksheet in which he wants to apply Merge and Center to a selection. However, the tool is continually grayed out on his worksheet and Paul can't figure out why. He wonders if there is some combination of formats or settings that disables the tool.

Actually, there are two conditions that can cause the Merge and Center tool to be unavailable. You should check, first, to see if your worksheet is protected. Second, you should check to see if the workbook is shared. Both protection and sharing have been discussed in other issues of ExcelTips, and both of them happen to disable Merge and Center. (Actually, they disable a lot of other commands in addition to Merge and Center.)

If you turn off sharing (if it is on) and disable protection (if the worksheet is protected), then the tool should once again be available.

ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (5398) applies to Microsoft Excel 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. You can find a version of this tip for the ribbon interface of Excel (Excel 2007 and later) here: Merge and Center Not Available.

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Comments for this tip:

Amey Gawade    21 Oct 2014, 04:03
My sheet is not protected nor is it shared. I am still unable to access merge & center. --

Any advice?
Byron Injeeli    18 Aug 2014, 11:52
I think I found a solution: go to Design, then click convert to range. That might work.
-- Byron Injeeli
Byron Injeeli    18 Aug 2014, 11:45
I got this strange error too. Can't figure out how to solve it.
-- Byron Shelley Injeeli
Elisabeth    21 Oct 2013, 22:45
thanks. it's work.
Laura Melton    29 Aug 2013, 19:38
My sheet is not protected nor is it shared. I am still unable to access merge & center. --

Any advice?
Doug Watson    06 May 2013, 19:56
Sheet not shared or protected. formatting the same in all cells. justification upper left all cells desired to merge. Merge and center still greyed out.

Any ideas?

Doug
ganesh    24 Oct 2012, 22:35
thank you

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