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Cannot add column -the command is not active. why?

421 Views 8 Replies Latest reply: May 8, 2013 11:02 AM by Jo Sweets RSS
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May 5, 2013 12:39 PM

I am trying to add a column to my spreadsheet. I only have about 30 columns. But when I go to the drop down menu, the add column before/add column after commands are not active so I cannot click on them. Why? How do I fix this? thx

  • Wayne Contello Level 6 Level 6 (12,820 points)

    can you confirm this behavior on all tables or just a particular table?  Have you tried rebooting?  Can you post a screenshot with a cell selected in the problem table ?

  • Jerrold Green1 Level 7 Level 7 (28,280 points)



    Have you Selected the table or something in it?



  • Jerrold Green1 Level 7 Level 7 (28,280 points)
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    May 5, 2013 10:59 PM (in response to Jo Sweets)

    In Numbers, you have a limited number of Header columns. Once you have 5 Header Columns, and if your selected column or cell involves one of those 5 Header Columns, you are done adding Header Columns and the menu item will be grayed out. A Screen Shot would have shown Wayne which column had the focus on it.


    Header Columns and Rows and Footer Rows are treated specially and have special features in Numbers. You can read about them in the Numbers User Guide, downloadable from the Help Menu.


    See Using Table Tools, beginning on page 48.



  • Jerrold Green1 Level 7 Level 7 (28,280 points)



    Have you Merged or Split any cells?



  • Jerrold Green1 Level 7 Level 7 (28,280 points)
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    May 7, 2013 12:28 AM (in response to Jo Sweets)

    Here's a quick way out of the situation:


    Select cell F1


    Type Option-LeftArrow 5 times, creating 5 blank (Body) Columns to the left of your present Column F.


    Select all the cells in columns A-E


    Command-C to Copy them


    Select the blank cell F1


    Command-V to Paste (You now have two copies of the first five columns)


    Delete (Header) Columns A-E


    This process replaces your unintended 5 Header columns with Body columns and your problems with adding columns should be over.


    When you get some time, read the User Guide reference on Header and Footer columns in tables.




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