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. ...

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