KIT Quick Hit- Using Freeze Panes in Excel 2010

There are times when you’re working on an Excel spreadsheet and it is so long and wide and you struggle with remembering what data is in column E and what record is in row 545. Well there is a simple solution, freeze panes. This handy function will freeze Row 1, Column A, or you can manually select which rows and columns to freeze. So if you freeze row 1 when you scroll down to row 545, row 1 will stay frozen in place and you can see what is in column E.

To use Freeze Panes in Excel 2010

  1. Click the View tab in the ribbon
  2. Select the Freeze Panes button and choose one of the three options 
  • Freeze Top Row will freeze row 1. This is very useful if your spreadsheet has hundreds of rows
  • Freeze First Column will freeze column A. This is good to use when your spread sheet has 20 columns but you need to see what is in column A when you’re working in column E
  • Freeze Pane will freeze panes based on the location of the active cell in the spreadsheet. Every row above and every column to the left of the active cell will be frozen. So if I have cell B2 frozen then both row 1 and column A will be frozen. 

Although we use Office 2010 in this podcast, this functionality is available in Excel 2003 and 2007. Please let us know if you have any questions about freeze panes functionality our any other Microsoft Office 2010 functionality you struggle with.

Keystone Interactive Training Team

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