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How to freeze a row in Excel

Scrolling through an Excel spreadsheet that has dozens of rows can get tedious, but freezing rows helps make it a much simpler process.
Written by Maria Diaz, Staff Writer on

We already scroll enough on our phones, so scrolling down a mile-long spreadsheet only to end up losing your place from the headers is a hassle. We don't always use the top row as the header on a table, so freezing the second or third row may be a necessity to always keep information visible.

Or maybe you want to quickly compare data from two rows that are pages apart. This is where freezing rows will help you get to a more organized spreadsheet.

Also: How to create a drop-down list in Excel

How to freeze rows in Excel

How to freeze rows in Excel
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Step 1: Select the row below the one you want to freeze

Select the row below the one you want to freeze
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If your table's header is on row 3, then select row 4. The row above the one selected is the one that will freeze. 

Step 2: Go to View and click Freeze panes

Click on View and Freeze Panes
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That's it!


How can I freeze a column?

Excel can automatically freeze the first column on a spreadsheet by clicking the Freeze First Column button under View. But if you want to freeze another column, just select the one to the right of where you want to freeze it and click on Freeze Panes.

How can I use this to compare information?

The same steps apply to freezing a row below the header. To compare row 12 with row 87, select row 13 and click on Freeze Panes. Everything above row 13 will be frozen, so row 12 stays visible while you scroll down to row 87.

Can I unfreeze panes in Excel?

Excel has a button that allows users to unfreeze panes. Click on View, and the Unfreeze Panes button will be where Freeze Panes once was. 

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