I have an excel workbook (.xlsx) in which I want to track changes. However track changes button is grayed out. I tried searching, but couldn't find any solution.

This workbook contains 5 worksheets, so I tried moving (copying) each sheet to a new workbook, and I found that when I copy one particular sheet, track changes option gets grayed out in the new workbook. So there is something in this sheet which is causing track changes to be grayed out.

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  • Is the spreadsheet password protected?
    – Burgi
    Commented Feb 18, 2016 at 9:23
  • No, its not password protected. Commented Feb 18, 2016 at 10:38
  • Can you add a screenshot to your question?
    – Burgi
    Commented Feb 18, 2016 at 11:08

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Finally I found answer to the solution. Apparently the track changes option is disabled (grayed out) if any of the sheet contains a table. There was one table in one of the sheets of the workbook. When I changed the table back to range, I was able to track changes.

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    The same issue and solution exists in Excel 2016.
    – kwill
    Commented Feb 5, 2018 at 14:54
  • To convert table to range >> right click on table and choose from context menu Table > Convert to range. More
    – zar
    Commented Jul 16, 2018 at 19:48

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