Unlock Word 2013 Selection

How to Unlock Selection in Word 2013

August 15, 2017 11:43 am / Posted by Michael Eric to Office Tricks
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“This modification is not allowed because the selection is locked Word 2013, activated key already, only a section not entire document is locked. Basically someone locked this one part of the document in Word 2013 and I cannot remove it. How to unlock selection on Microsoft Word 2013, any suggestions would be grateful?

Some people complained that when they tried to open or edit Word 2013 files but only get a notice saying the selection is locked. There are many possible reasons for this problem, such as the documents is marked as final, the file is protected or your Office 2013 has not been activated. In this article, we’ll tell you an easy way to unlock selection in Word 2013 effectively.

Solution 1: Un-finalize the Word Fil

Speaking of unlocking a selection in Word 2013, the first solution is to un-finalize the file. If your document is finalized, you’ll get the “selection is locked” message when try to open it. To make sure this is the reason, you check whether the file is finalized with the steps below.

  • Click on the File option and then choose Info
  • If you see an icon next to “Mark as Final” is heightened in orange, it means the document is finalized
  • mark as final

To remove selection lock in Microsoft Word 2013, just click “Mark as Final” to toggle it off.

Solution 2: Stop File Protection

If the file is still inaccessible after trying the method above, it might be protected. You can easily remove editing restrictions in word 2013 with the following steps.

  • Go to the Review tab and then click “Restrict Editing” and then select “Restrict Formatting and Editing”
  • restrict editing
  • Next to the document, you’ll see a little window. If you see a “Stop Protection” button, click it. If there’s the “Start protection” button, just close the window to unlock the locked selection in Word 2013.
  • stop protection

Solution 3: Activate Office 2013

If your Office 2013 has not been activated, you’ll see this problem in both the Excel and Word.

  • When your computer is connect to internet, click “File” and choose “Account”
  • office account
  • Click “Sign In” button under Account, enter your Microsoft account and password to login.
  • sign in office

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