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What to do when you get the error "This modification is not allowed because the selection is locked" in Word 2007

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I was contacted by Gerald who had this problem and after a bit of research I found the answer.  The text explaining how to do this can be found at http://www.word07.com/locking.htm, however to explain a bit more, here are a few pictures and words.  The problem arises when you "group" some text in the developer tab, so the answer is to ungroup it.

  • 1st off, ensure the developer tab is showing by going to the file (round pearl menu button in the top left corner) and selecting the button on the bottom of the menu called "Word Options".  This will bring you up a screen as below

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  • Now ensure the developer toolbar is enabled with a tick as in the picture
  • Go to the document and find the text that you can't modify
  • Ensure the developer toolbar is displayed and click in the document where the text is and then press the Group button in the toolbar and press the Ungroup option as below

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  • That is it - you should now be able to modify the text without any problems.

If this does not solve your problem, please e-mail me at admin@davidoverton.com with contact details as Microsoft are keen to get further information to investigate the problem and resolve it.

thanks

David


Posted Sun, Sep 9 2007 12:53 PM by David Overton

Comments

Zach Achenbach wrote re: What to do when you get the error "This modification is not allowed because the selection is locked" in Word 2007
on Tue, Sep 18 2007 2:12 AM

I have this problem but my tab is stub on the "Resources" and it wont even let me click on anything else. All I tried to do was give my paper a title and it wont let me

Mary wrote re: What to do when you get the error "This modification is not allowed because the selection is locked" in Word 2007
on Mon, Oct 1 2007 11:25 PM

Thanks, you saved my job and document!

lisa wrote re: What to do when you get the error "This modification is not allowed because the selection is locked" in Word 2007
on Thu, Oct 18 2007 6:35 AM

i got problem when i use MS office.i got the error "This modification is not allowed because the selection is locked" in Word 2007 .

i did the soution as you mention in your blog,however, i deal can not fixed it, the problem is that my tab is stub on the "Resources" and it wont even let me click on anything else. so how should i do? please give the detail solution ,hope get your reply as soon as possible.

your cooperation will be higherly apperaciation.

Thanks a lot

David Overton wrote re: What to do when you get the error "This modification is not allowed because the selection is locked" in Word 2007
on Thu, Oct 18 2007 6:14 PM

Locked on the resources tab - do you need to activate your copy of Office 2007?  Also, if you have outlook, go to tools / options, select the Other tab, then the advanced settings button and see if you can turn on the developer tab in the ribbon in there.

ttfn

David

Erica wrote re: What to do when you get the error "This modification is not allowed because the selection is locked" in Word 2007
on Wed, Jun 18 2008 1:18 PM

Where should I get the authorization code? Also, I'm a bit puzzled because I was able to use Microsoft Word for three months without having to authorize it, since the dialog box said it wasn't necessary; why is this causing problems now?

Jesse Deitsch wrote re: What to do when you get the error "This modification is not allowed because the selection is locked" in Word 2007
on Wed, Jun 25 2008 8:01 PM

I have this same problem.  I'm on the "resources" tab, but I can't choose anything other than that, including activating Word.  Is there another way I can activate it?

David Overton wrote re: What to do when you get the error "This modification is not allowed because the selection is locked" in Word 2007
on Thu, Jun 26 2008 7:29 AM

Jesse,

I believe the only solution is to activate your product.

Sorry

David

James wrote re: What to do when you get the error "This modification is not allowed because the selection is locked" in Word 2007
on Thu, Jul 24 2008 5:07 PM

I did have this problem and I have a different solution. I can send you an email with the solution if you like?

Just send me an email on jamesrobinson92@hotmail.co.uk and ask about microsoft office and I shall send one back with the solution that worked for me. Hope this helps =]

najmeh wrote re: What to do when you get the error "This modification is not allowed because the selection is locked" in Word 2007
on Sat, Aug 2 2008 5:03 PM

hi

you told " if you have outlook, go to tools / options", but in my pc tools options is inactive.

what do i do? help me

IndyIT wrote re: What to do when you get the error "This modification is not allowed because the selection is locked" in Word 2007
on Fri, Aug 15 2008 9:06 PM

Re: This modification is not allowed because the selection is locked

Actually, there are multiple reasons why a document might say this at the bottom:

1) You are using a trial, or unactivated version of Word

2) As described in the post, some portion of the document may be protected

3) And this one took me a while... [Office Button] -> Prepare menu has a "Mark as Final" option that makes a document Read Only. If this has been done, there is an icon in the Status Bar (to the right of the Word Count) that says "Marked as Final" when you hover over it. To undo, just go back to the Prepare menu as select the "Mark as Final" option again.

I realize this is an old post, but it came up in the search engine so I'm hoping people will find this additional information useful.

roseanne wrote re: What to do when you get the error "This modification is not allowed because the selection is locked" in Word 2007
on Mon, Sep 22 2008 8:16 PM

i just closed and opened it and it was fine after that...

Nicholas wrote re: What to do when you get the error "This modification is not allowed because the selection is locked" in Word 2007
on Thu, Oct 30 2008 8:43 AM

I have this problem but my tab is stub on the "Resources" and it wont even let me click on anything else. All I tried to do was give my paper a title and it wont let me

Nicholas wrote re: What to do when you get the error "This modification is not allowed because the selection is locked" in Word 2007
on Thu, Oct 30 2008 8:50 AM

im currently using Microsoft Office Home/Student 2007. i dont have outlook. I have this problem but my tab is stub on the "Resources" and it wont even let me click on anything else. How do i resolve this problem??

Ash wrote re: What to do when you get the error "This modification is not allowed because the selection is locked" in Word 2007
on Thu, Oct 30 2008 7:29 PM

Hi,

I downloaded a 2007 MIcrosoft Word Office and Student trial a couple of weeks ago, and today, it said "This modification is not allowed because the selection is locked". Luckily I had a different computer which I could do my work on. I tried following the steps but almost every command was unavailable (the names were grey and i couldnt click on them). I cant click protect document or anything.

Please help me and thanks, my email is asher_94@msn.com, contact me through msn messenger or email please.

kavi wrote re: What to do when you get the error "This modification is not allowed because the selection is locked" in Word 2007
on Tue, Nov 4 2008 5:15 AM

did the soution as you mention in your blog,however, i deal can not fixed it, the problem is that my tab is stub on the "Resources" and it wont even let me click on anything else. so how should i do? please give the detail solution to kavi_reddy5@yahoo.com,hope get your reply as soon as possible.

Lauren wrote re: What to do when you get the error "This modification is not allowed because the selection is locked" in Word 2007
on Tue, Nov 25 2008 2:50 PM

I'm having the same problem as everyone else here, but I retained my office word 2007 with the hack thats going around. But a week later, I got "This modification is not allowed because the selection is locked'. I don't want to go out and buy it, so what will the activation do?

Adam Stokes wrote re: What to do when you get the error "This modification is not allowed because the selection is locked" in Word 2007
on Fri, Nov 28 2008 3:54 PM

I am having the problem. I have activated it, am stuck on the "Resources" tab, and cannot do anything involving Word through Outlook. I am using a full version that I purchased, and have used all the solutions here, none have helped. What can I do to solve this?

David Overton wrote re: What to do when you get the error "This modification is not allowed because the selection is locked" in Word 2007
on Fri, Nov 28 2008 6:26 PM

Adam,

I've asked for this to be investigated internally.  Could you drop me an e-mail at admin@davidoverton.com so I can follow up directly?

thanks

David

Lauren wrote re: What to do when you get the error "This modification is not allowed because the selection is locked" in Word 2007
on Wed, Jan 28 2009 7:28 PM

I had the same problem about a month after i bought my new laptop. I ended up inserting the microsoft cd that came with the shipment and it activated immediately. The product key is on the back of the cd case. Hope this helps!

Deb wrote re: What to do when you get the error "This modification is not allowed because the selection is locked" in Word 2007
on Sun, Mar 8 2009 4:21 AM

Hi there,

I looked at loads of articles on the web and most responses to the locking question pointed to the product registration, or re-install. After doing all of that, still didn't work.

Ended up being the security settings on the applications. All i needed to do was to go to the properties window of word and then from the security tab, give full / write control to the users listed.

This resolved the issue

Penelope wrote re: What to do when you get the error "This modification is not allowed because the selection is locked" in Word 2007
on Tue, Mar 31 2009 5:24 AM

Hi,

I have the same problem as a few other people here. It says "This modification (blah blah)". Hence, I can't type. SO, when I go into Word, it says: "The command cannot be performed because a dialogue box is open. Click OK, and then close the dialogue boxes to continue."

I clicked okay. Then it says that I need to Convert. So I clicked that button. That takes me to Enter Product Key, or Buy Product Key Online. I have the product key, so clicked the first one.

Okay, here's what frustrates me: I have entered the Product Key Number, like, a bazillion times! I click okay, then Install, it says "Configuring", then is says "Microsoft Office Home and Student Trial configuration has completed successfully. Close and restart all open Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007 applications to allow setup changes to take effect. You will be prompted to activate your software when its restarted."

So I do that. I even restarted my computer. But when I go back onto Word, the whole thing starts over again! I even went to Word Options, Activate. But it does the same thing!

What's going on? Please, please help!

Shankoo.

David Overton wrote re: What to do when you get the error "This modification is not allowed because the selection is locked" in Word 2007
on Tue, Mar 31 2009 10:52 AM

Shankoo,

Activation issues will need a call to Microsoft.  Call them and they should be able to help

David

Marissa wrote re: What to do when you get the error "This modification is not allowed because the selection is locked" in Word 2007
on Sat, Apr 18 2009 2:18 AM

I have the same problem everyone else on this page, but I don't seem to find an answer here.

Amanda wrote re: What to do when you get the error "This modification is not allowed because the selection is locked" in Word 2007
on Tue, Apr 21 2009 10:53 AM

Thank you so much Deb for the above post! Everyone try that, I had the same problem as most - had downloaded and activated the trial and still had the error, just went into the properties and security tabs like she said and reopened microsoft word and voila! Ta very much :)

Angel wrote re: What to do when you get the error "This modification is not allowed because the selection is locked" in Word 2007
on Wed, Apr 22 2009 11:57 PM

Okay all you have to do is go to the first pic (as shown above) and in resources activate microsoft office, then it will prompt u to close the programme, then re-start word and VOILA! it works

Simon wrote re: What to do when you get the error "This modification is not allowed because the selection is locked" in Word 2007
on Mon, May 4 2009 4:00 PM

You must reinstall Microsoft Office to phase out the error message. I had the same issue & wants i did that i never saw the error meesage pop up again.

Rhys wrote re: What to do when you get the error "This modification is not allowed because the selection is locked" in Word 2007
on Mon, Jun 8 2009 10:21 AM

This happened for me, too. i was stuck on the resources tab.

I activated it, still didn't work. Frustration continued.

but then i closed and re-opened it and i could type. hope this helps someone.

wenchin wrote re: What to do when you get the error "This modification is not allowed because the selection is locked" in Word 2007
on Wed, Jun 10 2009 5:51 AM

i had this laptop... it's new and the first day i bought i couldn't use the powerpoint and microsoft word because it's locked...

Jade wrote re: What to do when you get the error "This modification is not allowed because the selection is locked" in Word 2007
on Sat, Jun 13 2009 10:48 AM

What happened to me was I entered my Product Key, and it said "activated", then I tried typing and it said "This modification is not allowed because the section is locked" so then I was a bit annoyed, so then I went to Word Options > Resources > activate Microsoft Office, then I put the Product Key in again - it came up with "activated". Then this morning I came back on, opened Microsoft Office, then something came up - "How would you like to complete activating your software?" then there were two options - "Activate by internet (Recommended)" and "Activate by phone". I chose "Activate by internet (Recommended)" and it activated once I set up my internet. Then I closed down Microsoft Word 2007, and set it up again - It works!

-- Hoped I help, Jade. x

Katy wrote re: What to do when you get the error "This modification is not allowed because the selection is locked" in Word 2007
on Wed, Jun 17 2009 10:23 PM

i have microsoft office home and student 2007, it worked fine then the message 'this modification is not allowed because the selection is locked,' i then activated my version of the cd which i had not origionally done. however nothing has changed and the problem is still occuring.. i can click across from 'home' across to 'view' tabs, but cannot select anything within the tabs. :| which i dont understand.

PLEASE HELP!! thanks, :)

Anonymous wrote re: What to do when you get the error "This modification is not allowed because the selection is locked" in Word 2007
on Mon, Jul 6 2009 1:56 AM

I downloaded programs to find the product key hopeful to solve this problem but all of them didn't find it. But I think how some people already said that will not solve the problem. Still not using office :(

Nick wrote re: What to do when you get the error "This modification is not allowed because the selection is locked" in Word 2007
on Thu, Aug 6 2009 1:29 AM

Hi, I started a new document and it displayed the message, "This Modification is not allowed because the selection is locked."

I have absolutely no idea why it is doing this. There is no text to lock, and all of the buttons are grayed out, and on the word options sub-menu, i cannot change tabs. Can you tell me how to unlock the system so I can write? Please help.

Dan wrote re: What to do when you get the error "This modification is not allowed because the selection is locked" in Word 2007
on Wed, Aug 26 2009 2:06 PM

I had a Control Control that I couldn't delete. The solution for me was to open the Developer tab, click the 'Properties' button and uncheck the option labelled 'Content control cannot be deleted'.

Gaurav wrote re: What to do when you get the error "This modification is not allowed because the selection is locked" in Word 2007
on Thu, Sep 3 2009 5:53 AM

Well, A nice and good solution to this is given at www.404techsupport.com/.../microsoft-word-this-modification-is-not-allowed-because-the-selection-is-locked

It helped me and will surely help you too!

Rosalia wrote re: What to do when you get the error "This modification is not allowed because the selection is locked" in Word 2007
on Sun, Sep 13 2009 3:33 PM

I went to the web site suggested by Gaurav.  Didn't help my case.  I quess there are many reasons for getting this error message.   I tried to use the security solution but my Word properties does not have a security tab.  However, it gave me an idea.  I went into the properties of the Office folder (that holds all the programs in the suite) and found the Read Olny selected.  I took it off--was asked if I wanted it off for all folders.  I said yes, Applied, OK.  Went into Word and I was able to type.  

I hope this helps someone.  I know how frustrating this can be.

Anonymous wrote re: What to do when you get the error "This modification is not allowed because the selection is locked" in Word 2007
on Wed, Sep 30 2009 2:01 PM

Rosalia, THAT WORKED!

I was a bit confused about what "properties section of the Office folder" meant, and as I was tinkering around for a few seconds to figure it out, I found it.

Close Word. RIGHT-CLICK on the "Microsoft Office" folder on your computer (somewhere under Program Files usually, etc.). Select "Properties". DE-SELECT "Read Only". Re-open Word.

Maybe yours will be working, as was mine at this point...? :~)

Sanaa Munir wrote re: What to do when you get the error "This modification is not allowed because the selection is locked" in Word 2007
on Tue, Oct 13 2009 8:36 PM

I'm having the same problem as everyone else here, but I retained my office word 2007 with the hack thats going around. But a week later, I got "This modification is not allowed because the selection is locked'. I don't want to go out and buy it, so what will the activation do?

my email address is: cool_girl248@hotmail.com

Anuj wrote re: What to do when you get the error "This modification is not allowed because the selection is locked" in Word 2007
on Wed, Oct 14 2009 4:38 PM

Well .. thanks Gaurav.

Your solution worked for me!

xu123 wrote re: What to do when you get the error "This modification is not allowed because the selection is locked" in Word 2007
on Thu, Oct 15 2009 9:09 AM

hi, it wont even let me click into "popular" tab, how can i fix that too?

David Overton wrote re: What to do when you get the error "This modification is not allowed because the selection is locked" in Word 2007
on Mon, Nov 2 2009 6:36 AM

Hi Sanaa Munir, buying the software is ultimately the solution.  If you are in education at the moment there are some fantastic offers available.  Also, there is always the Home edition of Office that is a much cheaper solution and allows installation on 3 PCs.

Thanks

David

Charlea wrote re: What to do when you get the error "This modification is not allowed because the selection is locked" in Word 2007
on Fri, Nov 27 2009 9:02 PM

Tank you i have been trying to work this out for a while now and i can finally finish my stories :D

linda wrote re: What to do when you get the error "This modification is not allowed because the selection is locked" in Word 2007
on Fri, Dec 4 2009 3:04 AM

i did what you said but it won't let me click on anything else

Anonymous wrote re: What to do when you get the error "This modification is not allowed because the selection is locked" in Word 2007
on Sat, Jan 23 2010 4:20 AM

it works really great,,,,,,

fran wrote re: What to do when you get the error "This modification is not allowed because the selection is locked" in Word 2007
on Mon, Mar 1 2010 6:06 AM

"This modification is not allowed because he selection is locked" this frustrate me and delaying me since i really need it for presentation all the programs in micro office is locked and cant open. Cannot open and with all the option given, no success. please help i need to finish my studies this is real mess. even when i open my micro word says the product key i enter is incorrect. pllllllllllllllllease help.

David Overton wrote re: What to do when you get the error "This modification is not allowed because the selection is locked" in Word 2007
on Mon, Mar 1 2010 7:22 AM

@Fran,

if the product key does not work then you need to talk to the people who sold you the product and double check with them.  You can also phone MS support, but they will push you back onto the supplier.  It is possible that they product or key are stolen / fake which can also cause the problem.

Thanks

David

nisa wrote re: What to do when you get the error "This modification is not allowed because the selection is locked" in Word 2007
on Tue, Mar 2 2010 4:19 PM

hi david, i tried ur methods and it doesnt work too...most of the buttons are also inactive. i tried de-install and re-install, it never worked too...any other solutionS?

Janitorial Service wrote re: What to do when you get the error "This modification is not allowed because the selection is locked" in Word 2007
on Wed, Mar 31 2010 6:02 PM

Thanks alot.

Amy wrote re: What to do when you get the error "This modification is not allowed because the selection is locked" in Word 2007
on Thu, Aug 26 2010 10:53 PM

i cant click on anything, or type.  and i tried everything everyone has said.

i dont really want to buy the software,

and i'm not quite sure where the product key is located? i dont have the cd and it says on the bottom of the laptop that it is there, but apparently it is incorrect.

Catalina wrote re: What to do when you get the error "This modification is not allowed because the selection is locked" in Word 2007
on Wed, Sep 29 2010 10:54 PM

Hey,

I got that problem with "This modification..." just as the others and I tried the solutions given on this site, but there was no result...I even uninstalled it and installed back and there's the same problem. Do you have any other possible solutions?

Thank you!

David Overton wrote re: What to do when you get the error "This modification is not allowed because the selection is locked" in Word 2007
on Thu, Sep 30 2010 9:24 AM

Catalina,

is your copy a fully licenced copy - i.e. do you have a legal product ID that you have entered into the product?

thanks

David

Clarissa wrote re: What to do when you get the error "This modification is not allowed because the selection is locked" in Word 2007
on Tue, Oct 5 2010 6:56 PM

mines not moving off resources either and but everytime i open ms word, it asks for a product key. could that have anything to do with it? if so, how to i get the product key?

David Overton wrote re: What to do when you get the error "This modification is not allowed because the selection is locked" in Word 2007
on Wed, Oct 6 2010 8:59 AM

Clarissa,

You need to buy the product to get the product key.  If this is for personal use I would look to Office 2010 Home and Student Edition as this can be installed on up to 3 PCs and is the lowest cost way to get a legal key.

Thanks

David

ash wrote re: What to do when you get the error "This modification is not allowed because the selection is locked" in Word 2007
on Fri, Nov 26 2010 10:39 PM

hi my word 2007 say this modification is not allowed because the selection is locked can you please help me and by the way it wont let me type anything so can you please help me .

David Overton wrote re: What to do when you get the error "This modification is not allowed because the selection is locked" in Word 2007
on Mon, Nov 29 2010 7:23 AM

Ash,

do you have a purchased product - i.e. had to enter in a product key (25 letter and number string into Office)?

thanks

David

Janitorial service Bellevue wrote re: What to do when you get the error "This modification is not allowed because the selection is locked" in Word 2007
on Tue, May 24 2011 2:49 PM

Thank you very much! You really helped me out. I highly appreciate your help. It's exactly what I was looking for. Thanks one more time for sharing this.

Groovy Girl wrote re: What to do when you get the error "This modification is not allowed because the selection is locked" in Word 2007
on Sat, Aug 27 2011 9:40 AM

I have the same problem :

What to do when you get the error "This modification is not allowed because the selection is locked" in Word 2007

but i dont have the product key to reactivate it.

wat m i supposd 2 do?

SummerrJayee(: wrote re: What to do when you get the error "This modification is not allowed because the selection is locked" in Word 2007
on Wed, Nov 9 2011 11:15 PM

What Would The 25 Letter Thing Be?

David Overton wrote re: What to do when you get the error "This modification is not allowed because the selection is locked" in Word 2007
on Thu, Nov 17 2011 9:55 AM

SummerrJayee, the 25-letter thingy is the Product Key you get in the box when you buy Office.

Thanks

David

NewAge wrote re: What to do when you get the error "This modification is not allowed because the selection is locked" in Word 2007
on Tue, Mar 20 2012 1:50 PM

All these solutions never seem to work for me. When i re-check the properties dialog box they do not take effect and the read only tab remain the same. I have been using this version now for quite some time and i never had the problem.

Anonymous wrote re: What to do when you get the error "This modification is not allowed because the selection is locked" in Word 2007
on Wed, Dec 12 2012 1:28 AM

Just wait a few minutes and then reopen and it will be fine if you activated

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