Keeping Row and Column Headings in Sight

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated February 27, 2014)

When you develop a spreadsheet you often add a row or two of headings at the top of each column, and perhaps a column of headings to the left of each row. As your spreadsheet becomes larger, it is not unusual for the row and column headings to scroll off the screen so that you can no longer see them.

To keep row and column headings visible, consider "freezing" the rows and columns in which the headings are located. For instance, you could easily freeze the first four rows of a spreadsheet along with the first column. Then, when you scroll the spreadsheet the rows and columns will remain on the screen—only the unfrozen portion of the screen actually scrolls.

You specify what rows and columns you want to freeze by selecting using the Freeze Rows and Freeze Columns options on the View menu. For instance, if you want to freeze rows 1 through 4, you would click View | Freeze Rows | Freeze 4 Rows. If you also wanted to freeze column A, simply choose View | Freeze Columns | Freeze 1 Column. It doesn't matter which cell you have selected when you choose these freezing options.

There are limits to the numbers of rows and columns you can freeze in Sheets. The program allows you to freeze up to ten rows and five columns. If you no longer need the rows frozen, you can simply choose View | Freeze Rows | No Frozen Rows or View | Freeze Columns | No Frozen Columns.

Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

MORE FROM ALLEN

Adjusting Comment Printouts

Need to print out comments, but in a way that you control what is included in the printout? Here's a way you can extract ...

Discover More

Compiling a List of Students in a Course

Need to pull just a limited amount of information from a large list? Here are a few approaches you might be able to use ...

Discover More

Changing Font Face and Size Conditionally

Conditional formatting does not allow you to change the typeface and font size used in a cell. You can write your own ...

Discover More
More DriveTips

Creating a Conditional Format

Conditional formatting is a powerful tool you can use to dynamically adjust the formatting in your worksheet. This tip ...

Discover More

Adding a Drawing to Your Spreadsheet

Numbers alone do not define spreadsheets. Google Drive allows you to also add drawings to a spreadsheet, which can be ...

Discover More

Grading Assignments with Flubaroo

Flubaroo is a third-party extension for Sheets that can help make grading classroom papers fast and easy. Here's a quick ...

Discover More
Comments

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 6Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is nine more than 0?

There are currently no comments for this tip. (Be the first to leave your comment—just use the simple form above!)