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.

Merge and Center Not Available

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated November 26, 2015)

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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.

Author Bio

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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2017-02-02 05:24:56

Nilufar

When i cut smth or copy or doing formula in excel, cells are not merging. why?


2017-01-02 09:07:37

tim szada

When I use the merge and center tool, many cells turn black. What can I do to fix this? Thanks


2016-11-08 14:55:34

martin alleyne

Is it possible to enable the merge and center icon with it being shared. It needs to be edited by more than one individual.


2016-08-22 03:53:10

Thalgott

Hi there. Unfortunately it didn't work, the sheet was neither protected nor shared. Any other solution? Thanks


2016-05-27 10:05:41

Amy

Byron Injeeli's comment WORKED -- thanks!


2015-12-16 14:07:23

Yannis

This solved my problem!!!
Excel 2011 for MAC
I guess this is a bug
Any idea how to keep the Merge button on on shared files??


2015-09-23 07:38:48

roy

Thanks, that solved it for me.


2015-09-09 04:19:23

Bhavya N

thank you very much


2015-08-23 11:01:17

shankar patil

go to Design, then click convert to range. it worked for me and Thank you byron


2015-07-14 23:36:24

arezoo

Thank you Byron Injeeli, Your solution worked.


2015-03-05 18:14:56

trina

cell/sheet protection will also grey it out.
unprotect sheet to make changes, then protection can be put back on.


2015-01-21 17:06:41

Lana

Ny excel sheet is not protected nor is it shared. Merge and center is still grayed out on tool bar. any suggestions.


2014-10-21 04:03:08

Amey Gawade

My sheet is not protected nor is it shared. I am still unable to access merge & center. --

Any advice?


2014-08-18 11:52:12

Byron Injeeli

I think I found a solution: go to Design, then click convert to range. That might work.
-- Byron Injeeli


2014-08-18 11:45:48

Byron Injeeli

I got this strange error too. Can't figure out how to solve it.
-- Byron Shelley Injeeli


2013-10-21 22:45:40

Elisabeth

thanks. it's work.


2013-08-29 19:38:16

Laura Melton

My sheet is not protected nor is it shared. I am still unable to access merge & center. --

Any advice?


2013-05-06 19:56:10

Doug Watson

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


2012-10-24 22:35:18

ganesh

thank you


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