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My edit toolbar became disabled while I was editing a layer in QGIS. I have closed the window and opened it again to edit, but it is still disabled.

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What version of QGIS? –  Fezter Nov 22 '12 at 4:45
    
Which version you are using ?? I am using 1.8.0 & its working fine for me.. –  Sunil Nov 22 '12 at 8:23
    
What sort of layer were you editing? Shapefile, PostGIS, something else? –  HeyOverThere Nov 22 '12 at 15:37
    
Keep in mind that the layer to be edited must be selected in the layer list. –  Scro Dec 1 '13 at 12:52

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Maybe too obvious an answer, but it's what I needed when googling for this so...

"All editing sessions start by choosing the enter image description here 'Toggle editing' option"

"By default, QGIS loads layers read-only: This is a safeguard to avoid accidentally editing a layer if there is a slip of the mouse. However, you can choose to edit any layer as long as the data provider supports it, and the underlying data source is writable (i.e. its files are not read-only). "

http://www.qgis.org/en/docs/user_manual/working_with_vector/editing_geometry_attributes.html#digitizing-an-existing-layer

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I had the same problem with one particular shapefile (maybe it was protected by its vendor). My solution was to select all features and save the selection as a vector file (i.e. new shapefile) - in the "Layer" section of QGIS 2.2.0 top menu. The new shapefile layer is editable.

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