Monday, 13 March 2017

Argh! Why will my word table not let me drag text to the next cell?

Have you ever been working in a Word table, and suddenly found yourself unable to drag text?

You highlight text as normal, then go to drag it, but get a small "no symbol" (ie, a circle with a diagonal line through it as in the screen dump with this post) where your cursor should be.

I have struck this issue a couple of times in documents where I have imported text from elsewhere and am cleaning it up. I have found that if I saved the document, closed out, and then went back in, the problem would have self-corrected.

What I hadn't realised was that I had caused the problem in the first place.

How? Thanks to Kevin Stagner (9 April 2011) I now know that I had the "Find & Replace" dialogue box open. That seems to stop you being able to drag text.

As soon as you close that dialogue box, the problem stops. When I found that closing out of Word halted the problem, I was inadvertently closing the dialogue box on the way.

There is always learning!

Sam

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