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Why can't I click any of the tools under "Edit?" I want to merge selected shapefile layers together, but all of the tools under "edit" are greyed out.

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Welcome to GIS SE. What GIS application are you referring to (e.g. ArcMap, QGIS..etc)? –  artwork21 Jun 18 '13 at 15:58
    
QGIS. I'm trying to use Edit> Merge Selected Features –  Alex Jun 18 '13 at 16:00
    
I've realised that you also have to Select the polygon too. it worked for me :) –  user30395 May 19 at 16:59

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You must "Toggle Editing" before any of the edit tools are available.

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Mingfeng beat me to it by seconds! –  Darren Cope Jun 18 '13 at 18:30
    
Got it-- seems so obvious now, thanks!! –  Alex Jun 18 '13 at 18:54
    
@Alex Please upvote helpful answers and accept questions that solve your problem so the thread can be marked as solved. –  underdark Jun 18 '13 at 19:31

Right click on the layer you want to edit in layers panel, and select "Toggle Editting" when the context menu shows. Then the "Edit" menu will be enabled.

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