Shopping Options block disabled/subdued?

For the life of me I cant seem to figure out how to make the shopping options block “active” on any page, so that it can appear in the sidebar, and show prices.

Homepage, categories, products, its all disabled. I can “edit” the parameters to use filtered products et al, but always disabled.

I checked if it was an addon that needed to be activated, but there is no add on for shopping Options.

Im a newbie finishing up his first site:

thanks for any help. CS-cart sooooo much better than Magento.

version 2.12 (latest)

windows vista 32 bit.