Course summary: Freeze or lock panes

Freeze panes

Click View > Freeze Panes> Freeze Top Row.

Freeze the first column

If you'd rather freeze the leftmost column instead, click View> Freeze Panes> Freeze First Column.

Freeze the top row and the first column

To freeze the top row and the first column at the same time, click View > Freeze Panes > Freeze Panes.

Freeze as many rows or columns as you want

You can freeze as many as you want, as long as you always start with the top row and the first column. To freeze multiple rows (starting with row 1), select the row below the last row you want frozen and click Freeze Panes. To freeze multiple columns, select the column to the right of the last column you want frozen and click Freeze Panes.

Say you want to freeze the top four rows and leftmost three columns. You'd select cell D5, and then click View> Freeze Panes> Freeze Panes. Any time you freeze rows and columns, the border below the last frozen row and to the right of the last frozen column appears a little thicker (here, below row 4 and to the right of column C).

Unfreeze rows or columns

Click View > Freeze Panes > Unfreeze Panes.

See also

Applies To: Excel 2013



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