Cut and Copy Options are Greyed Out – Excel 2013

21 Dec

One of my friends reported me that he is able to ‘Cut’ and ‘Copy’ using Ribbon buttons and Ctrl-X and Ctrl-C as usual but when he Right clicks on any cell ‘Cut’ and ‘Copy’ options are disabled in shortcut menu.  But if used Ctrl-C, Paste option is available on shortcut menu.

Whereas these options are working well with other MS-Office files.

Following is the solution that I worked out and provided to the user and it solved the problem:

  • Close Excel
  • Open My Computer
  • Go to folder ‘C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Excel’.  (AppData folder is hidden by default)
  • Rename Excel14.xlb and Excel15.xlb
  • Open Excel and Check

Posted by on December 21, 2013 in MS Excel


30 responses to “Cut and Copy Options are Greyed Out – Excel 2013

  1. Ajith Kumar

    August 5, 2015 at 10:08 AM

    Really worked. I was struggled since one week this problem. Above step solved me with in a fraction of second. Thanks

  2. Tarun

    August 17, 2015 at 11:56 AM

    Really worked. Thanks

  3. Navdeep

    August 18, 2015 at 10:09 PM

    This suggestion worked for me as well. But I renamed Excel12.xlb and there were no Excel14 and Excel15.xlb files.

  4. Avani

    August 20, 2015 at 11:08 AM

    thank you

    • BEML Limited

      March 1, 2016 at 3:35 PM

      the “right click” cut option is greyed out in excel 2013

  5. Ajay Mali

    August 24, 2015 at 2:01 PM

    Great…it worked for me as well…

  6. Pushpam

    September 1, 2015 at 12:06 AM worked for me..Thanks a lot!!

  7. Divakar

    September 1, 2015 at 5:41 PM

    It worked .. thanks alot

  8. binod kumar patel

    September 2, 2015 at 1:38 PM

    If you are delete the profile and create new profile the problem is resolved

  9. Shashidhara

    September 4, 2015 at 12:21 PM

    Great. It worked for me. Thanks a lot

  10. K N Barad

    September 12, 2015 at 10:27 AM

    Worked for me as well, Appreciate you share this kind content. Really usefull.

  11. Pranab Kalita

    September 13, 2015 at 11:18 AM


  12. Swapnil

    September 25, 2015 at 1:59 PM

    Thank you very much.. I struggled too much for this issue.. Found various forums & webs.. tried all solutions but thanks god this worked. Thanks Again!!!

  13. Mathew

    October 14, 2015 at 10:51 AM

    Grate… It worked.. thank You

  14. J K Thakor

    October 14, 2015 at 11:23 AM

    excellent man…………..

  15. Abhishek pal

    December 16, 2015 at 5:57 PM

    Thanks bro…

  16. D K Sidam

    January 15, 2016 at 9:41 PM

    Thanks It Works

  17. Rohan Sharma

    March 20, 2016 at 9:51 AM

    You are the man dude … was trying this for a week .. did all things like delete all files, uninstall Etc.
    Didnt work

    Your option worked like a charm. THanks a ton!

    This page should come on top of google search results.

  18. Sameer

    April 13, 2016 at 1:49 PM

    Hey, Thank you so much

    u r great

  19. Baqar Rizvi

    April 25, 2016 at 10:40 PM

    bro what to rename ?? there is already a file Excel15.xlb in that folder….then which file i have to rename

    • Ajay Pratap Singh

      May 5, 2016 at 4:40 PM

      Rename your file Excel15.xlb to some other name. Open Excel, it will create this file automatically again.

  20. Pranjal

    June 2, 2016 at 5:04 PM

    Wow, like magic.. Thnx

  21. manubhai

    July 28, 2016 at 6:52 PM

    Super its worked now .. thanks for sharing this step

  22. Jana

    July 29, 2016 at 2:03 PM

    super, none of the other suggestions worked. This worked. Amazing

  23. 9958109303

    August 4, 2016 at 3:18 PM

    Thank u sir, its working….Kapil Verma

  24. kss

    August 26, 2016 at 11:22 AM

    excellent, it works

  25. praveen

    September 14, 2016 at 4:02 PM

    Awesome solution


    November 14, 2016 at 6:00 PM

    Worked, Thank you

  27. sumit

    February 14, 2017 at 10:43 AM

    Thanks for suggestion. It really worked, i was struggling to get it rectified.

    • Ajay Pratap Singh

      February 27, 2017 at 3:04 PM

      Thanks a lot for your comments. Keep visiting, I’ll will keep updating the troubleshooting tips.


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