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Freeze panes to lock rows and columns

Applies to: Excel for Office 365, Excel for the web, Excel 2019, Excel 2016, Excel 2013, Excel 2010, Excel 2007.

To ensure that an area of a worksheet is still in view while you scroll to another section of the worksheet, make your way to the View tab, where you can Freeze Panes to lock specific rows and columns in place, or you can Split panes to form individual windows of the same worksheet.

Freeze rows or columns

Freeze the first column

  • Click View Freeze Panes > Freeze First Column.

The faint line that appears between Column A and B indicates that the first column is frozen.

Freeze the first two columns

  1. Pick the third column.
  1. Press View > Freeze Panes > Freeze Panes.

Freeze columns and rows

  1. Click the cell below the rows and to the right of the columns you want to remain visible when you scroll.
  1. Select View Freeze Panes > Freeze Panes.

Unfreeze rows or columns

  • On the View tab > Window > Unfreeze Panes.
Unfreeze Panes

Note: If you don’t see the View tab, it’s likely that you are using Excel Starter. Not all features are supported in Excel Starter.

Need more help?

You can always ask an expert in the Excel Tech Community, get support in the Answers community, or suggest a new feature or improvement on Excel User Voice.

See Also

Freeze panes to lock the first row or column in Excel 2016 for Mac

Split panes to lock rows or columns in separate worksheet areas

Overview of formulas in Excel

How to avoid broken formulas

Find and correct errors in formulas

Keyboard shortcuts in Excel

Excel functions (alphabetical)

Excel functions (by category)

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