Examples of locked blocks
In the Word editor, you may find blocks of text shaded in grey. These blocks contain some advanced Microsoft Word features that can’t be edited in the Word editor. This includes:
- dynamic tables of contents
Editing locked blocks - be careful!
If you’d like to edit the contents of the block, you can unlock it. However, by doing so, the advanced features in the block (such as cross-references) will be converted to regular text. If you unlock the block, you cannot undo the action.
To unlock the block for editing, you can follow 3 steps:
- Focus on the grey block you wish to unlock.
- A floating toolbar will appear. Click on the ‘lock’ icon in the toolbar.
- Focus ‘Unlock block’.
You can now edit the contents of the block.
Applying block rules
I'd you'd like to simply apply a block rule to the unsupported block, you can do this without unlocking the block. Simply focus on the unsupported block and click ‘Apply block rule’ and apply a rule as you normally would. This will retain the advanced features in the block.