# Disabled cells
Disabling a cell makes the cell read-only or non-editable. Both have similar outcomes, the difference between the two being that the non-editable cells allow the drag-to-fill functionality, whereas read-only cells do not.
# Read-only columns
In many use cases, you will need to configure a certain column to be read-only. This column will be available for keyboard navigation and copying data (Ctrl/Cmd + C). Editing and pasting data will be disabled.
To make a column read-only, declare it in the
columns configuration option. You can also define a special renderer function that will dim the read-only values, providing a visual cue for the user that the cells are read-only.
# Read-only specific cells
This example makes cells that contain the word "Nissan" read-only. It forces all cells to be processed by the
cells function which will decide whether a cell's metadata should have the
readOnly property set.
# Read-only cells vs. non-editable cells
Non-editable cells behave like any other cells apart from preventing you from manually changing their values. You are still able to copy-paste or drag-to-fill the data. There is no additional CSS class added. Read-only cells do not permit the drag-to-fill functionality.
# Non-editable columns
In many cases, you will need to configure a certain column to be non-editable. Doing this does not change its basic behaviour, apart from editing. This means that you can still use the keyboard navigation Ctrl/Cmd + C, and Ctrl/Cmd + V functionalities, and drag-to-fill, etc.
To make a column non-editable, declare it in the
columns configuration option. You can also define a special renderer function that will dim the
editor value. This will provide the user with a visual cue that the cell is non-editable.
# Non-editable specific cells
The following example shows the table with non-editable cells containing the word "Nissan". This cell property is optional and can be easily set in the Handsontable configuration.