Office & Productivity Software forum

General discussion

Microsoft Word-- Unable to click anywhere inside the text!?

by 4dm1n / June 26, 2007 4:14 AM PDT

I'm using Microsoft Word (Windows XP) and for some reason it won't let me click inside the document with my mouse. I can only type but I can't click ANYTHING at all! I just came home and experienced this problem. It worked just fine yesterday night. Can someone tell me what's wrong? Mabye I accidentally changed an option? Thanks

Post a reply
Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: Microsoft Word-- Unable to click anywhere inside the text!?
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: Microsoft Word-- Unable to click anywhere inside the text!?
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.
Collapse -
Is your mouse functioning?
by Kees Bakker / June 26, 2007 5:24 AM PDT

Can you click in the menu bar or the toolbar?
Does mouse work in Wordpad or Notepad, for example?
Does right click work? Does scrollwheel work?
How about Excel?

No known setting this, as far as I know. If you don't believe that do a System Restore back to yesterday morning.


Collapse -
Yes, they all work
by 4dm1n / June 26, 2007 6:24 AM PDT

For all of the questions you have asked me, I will respond with an "yes." The only problem is that when I try to click lets say, in the middle of my 2nd paragraph to try to add something, it won't let me do so. I can however, use my arrow keys to move to places where I want to go. Although that would take forever...

Collapse -
"Protected" Document?
by dougbilski / June 26, 2007 9:41 AM PDT

It sounds to me like someone may have "protected" the document. Did you create it yourself?

Try going to the Tools menu and choose "unprotect document" if you can. If you only see the choice "protect document" then this isn't your issue.


Collapse -
by 4dm1n / June 26, 2007 2:19 PM PDT
In reply to: "Protected" Document?

Yeah, Doug, you were correct about how my documents were "protected." Thanks for solving my problem! Now I can select with ease =]

Popular Forums
Computer Help 49,613 discussions
Computer Newbies 10,349 discussions
Laptops 19,436 discussions
Security 30,426 discussions
TVs & Home Theaters 20,308 discussions
Windows 10 360 discussions
Phones 15,802 discussions
Windows 7 7,351 discussions
Networking & Wireless 14,641 discussions


Big screens for the big game

Still looking for the best TV deals ahead of Sunday's game? Here are our top three big screen picks.