Using header rows in spreadsheet applications like Google Sheets or Microsoft Excel makes it much easier to identify information. But you might be wondering how to freeze multiple rows in Excel 2013 if you have several rows at the top of the spreadsheet that you want to keep visible.
Creating a row of headings to identify your columns in an Excel spreadsheet is a popular way to organize data. But it can be difficult to remember which column contains which data as you scroll down and the headings row is no longer visible. Fortunately you can freeze the top row of your spreadsheet so that it remains frozen at the top of the sheet. But what if you have multiple rows that you want to keep visible at the top of the sheet instead?
Fortunately you can accomplish this as well, by taking advantage of the option to freeze a pane. Our tutorial below will show you how to freeze two or more of the top rows in your worksheet so that they remain fixed at the top of the sheet as you navigate further down on the worksheet.
How to Freeze Multiple Rows in Excel 2013
- Open your Excel file.
- Click the row number below the bottom row to freeze.
- Click View.
- Choose Freeze Panes, then select Freeze Panes from the dropdown.
Our article continues below with additional information on freezing cells in Excel 2013, including pictures of these steps.
Freezing Two or More Rows at the Top of a Spreadsheet in Excel 2013 (Guide with Pictures)
The steps in this guide will show you how to freeze the top three rows of a spreadsheet in Excel 2013. If you are working with Excel for Mac 2011, then read this article instead. We use three rows merely as an example. This same process can be applied to any number of the top rows in your spreadsheet.
Step 1: Open your spreadsheet in Excel 2013.
Step 2: Click the row number at the left side of the spreadsheet that is below the bottom-most row that you want to freeze.
For example, we want to freeze the top 3 rows, so I have clicked row 4 in the picture below.
Step 3: Click the View tab at the top of the window.
Step 4: Click the Freeze Panes button in the Window section of the navigational ribbon, then click the Freeze Panes option on the drop-down menu.
If the drop-down menu says Unfreeze Panes instead, then you will need to click that first to remove the existing frozen pane, then click the Freeze Panes button.
How to Freeze Columns in Microsoft Excel
The same method in the section above will work if you want to freeze columns, too. Simply click on the column to the right of the columns that you want to freeze, then click the Freeze Panes button and select the Freeze Panes option.
How to Unfreeze Rows or Columns in Excel
If you accidentally freeze the wrong rows or columns, or if you receive a spreadsheet with unwanted frozen entities, then you can return to the View tab, click the Freeze Panes button, then choose the Unfreeze Panes option.
- You can only freeze rows at the top of your spreadsheet, or columns at the left side of the spreadsheet. You aren’t able to freeze rows or columns in the middle, at the bottom, or at the right of the spreadsheet.
- If you need to keep a section of the spreadsheet visible and it isn’t at the top or left, then you may want to try the Split option instead. This can divide the sheet into different panes that can each be scrolled independently.
- You can tell that a row or column is frozen because there is a slightly darker line under the row, or the the right of the column.
- If you want to freeze the top row and the left column, click inside cell B2, choose the Freeze Panes option, then click Freeze Panes.
Do you need to print your Excel spreadsheet, but want to repeat the column headings on each page? Learn how to print the top row on every page in Excel 2013 to make it easier for your readers to identify which column a data cell belongs to.
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