Can’t Type in Microsoft Office Word 2016

Can’t Type in Word 2016? Here’s How to Fix

October 11, 2017 10:12 am / Posted by Michael Eric to Office Tricks
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“My word documents will open but I cannot amend them. If I open a new document, I can't type on in Word 2016. It’s as if the keyboard isn’t talking to the document. However, the mouse will move all over a current document but where it flashes, I cannot type. I can work in notebook so it’s not the keyboard and I am typing this fine. However, all current documents in word won’t allow any amendment or addition.”

-from Microsoft Community

I believe most of the computers that install Microsoft Office have upgraded the version to Office 2016, which contains Word 2016, Excel 2016, PowerPoint 2016, Outlook 2016, Access 2016, etc. As for Word 2016, it may be the most commonly used software tool for Office workers, especially the working people who need to type various words. Sometimes there is something wrong in Word 2016. Fox example, if you are unable to type in Word 2016 one day, how to fix it? You will find solutions in this tutorial.

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Solution 1. Check Keyboard Connection
Solution 2. Enable Num Lock Key
Solution 3. Restart Your Computer
Solution 4. Disable Document Protection
Solution 5. Ensure Office 2016 is Activated

Solution 1. Check Keyboard Connection

Some keyboards need to connect with computer via Bluetooth, while others use a USB cable. It seems that you have to make sure your keyboard is connected with computer properly if you use a desktop. Just ignore this method if you type Office Word 2016 by using laptop.


Solution 2. Enable Num Lock Key

If the keyboard is connected correctly, another possibility is that you have disabled the Num Lock (Num LK) key on keyboard by mistake. In that case, you can’t type any numbers in Word 2016. Therefore, to check this, press the Num Lock key in the right side of your keyboard, and to see if the Num Lock pilot light is bright, then type words again.

num lock

Solution 3. Restart Your Computer

It seems that most of the computer-related breakdown could be fixed by safely restarting computer. You can actually tap on the Start button on the bottom-left side of computer desktop and then select Restart among the several options. After a while, the computer will reboot and login again. Finally, you should try to test whether you can’t amend Word 2016 or not.

restart computer

Solution 4. Disable Document Protection

It sounds like you can’t amend Word 2016 because it is protected or read-only. In case you are tired of typing password every time you open the Word document, you will need to disable document protection and remove the password.

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After you have accessed the Word document, if you still can’t type anything, check out if the document is protected and disable it. To do that, follow these steps:

1.Go to File > Info > Protect Document
2.Check out if Make as Final, Restrict Editing or Restrict Access is enabled.
3.Disable Protect Document. Now you have no worries about can’t type in Word selection is locked.

protect document

Solution 5. Ensure Office 2016 is Activated

Word 2016 can’t type in new document? Perhaps you are using a trial version of Office 2016 software that has now expired or you have not activated the copy of it. You only have a month-long trial to use Microsoft Office 2016. However, for most of the users, they download the package without thinking that it may expire. Therefore, you need to activate Office 2016 in order to continue use it. Just go to File > Account > Product Information, and then attempt to activate Office by pressing 25-character product key.

activation required in Word 2016

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Well, that’s all about it. I wish I have clearly explained how to make it editable when you can’t type in Word 2016. Reach for your experience in the comments if you have any questions or suggestions.

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