How to Unfreeze the Top Row in Excel 2010

If you have previously frozen the top row of your spreadsheet so that it was easier to identify the data in your cells, then you might be finished working on the spreadsheet.

But if you are worried that less experienced Excel users might be confused about that frozen row, then you may want to unlock it before sharing it with them.

Luckily the process of unlocking rows or columns in Excel is pretty similar ot the one that you used to lock them in the first place.

Our tutorial below will show you how to unfreeze the top row in an Excel spreadsheet.

How to Unlock the Top Row in an Excel Spreadsheet

  1. Open your spreadsheet.
  2. Select the View tab.
  3. Click the Freeze Panes button.
  4. Choose the Unfreeze Panes option.

Our guide continues below with additional information about how to freeze the top row in Excel, including pictures of these steps.

Making sure that you know what data you are looking at has always been a problem when reading a large spreadsheet in Excel.

Identifying that information usually involves placing a heading at the top of the column, but that tactic loses a lot of its value when you scroll down and the heading disappears from view.

One way to combat this is by freezing the top row on the screen.

That keeps the headings visible, even when scrolling would have removed them from view. But if a frozen top row is giving you problems, you can unfreeze it by following our tutorial.

Want to freeze more than one row or column in your spreadsheet? Our article on how to freeze multiple columns in Excel can show you how to do that.

How to Stop the Top Row From Remaining on the Screen in Excel 2010 (Guide with Pictures)

This tutorial will assume that you are working with a spreadsheet where the top row is currently frozen. You will know that a row is frozen because the bottom border of the row will be bolded, as in the image below.

identifying a frozen top row

That row will also remain at the top of the spreadsheet, no matter how far you scroll down.

Step 1: Open your spreadsheet in excel 2010.

Step 2: Click the View tab at the top of the window.

click the view tab

Step 3: Click Freeze Panes in the Window section of the ribbon at the top of the window.

click the freeze panes button

Step 4: Click the Unfreeze Panes option.

how to unfreeze the top row in excel 2010

Now that you know how to unlock the top row in an Excel spreadsheet you will be able to freely lock and unlock parts of your spreadsheet to improve your workflow.

Having trouble printing your spreadsheet? A helpful tip is to learn how to fit all of your columns on one page in Excel 2010. This can make it a lot easier to read a printed spreadsheet, plus it can reduce the number of pages that you print.