Microsoft Office’s Excel is an incredibly useful program for businesses, regardless of what industry they are in. While it is a helpful tool, spreadsheets often reach a point where there are so many rows and columns that you find yourself constantly scrolling up and down and left to right. The good news is that Excel has a feature that helps you keep track of the reference rows and columns more easily.
Here’s how you can easily keep track of your place in spreadsheets through the use of freezing and splitting panes.
Freezing panes is often used when you want to keep a number of specific rows or columns in view whenever you scroll up/down/sideways. This often makes it easier to see important data without having to scroll up/down constantly.
You can freeze both rows and columns by:
After you’ve frozen panes, you will notice that the Freeze Panes option has been changed to Unfreeze Panes. Pressing this will unfreeze the rows or columns you have previously frozen. The only issue with this is that you can only freeze rows or columns on the outer edge of the workbook, you cannot freeze panes in the middle of the workbook.
If you need to work in the middle of a large spreadsheet, while still looking at existing information in the same sheet, you can split panes. Splitting panes will allow you to scroll in a selected area, while the rest of the worksheet will be frozen.
You can split panes by:
This will create a vertical split. If you want to create a horizontal split pane, you can drag the split bar located beside the horizontal scrollbar – located in the bottom right beside the right-hand facing black arrow – to the area you would like to split.
By either splitting or freezing panes, you can easily keep track of important cells while navigating to other parts of your spreadsheet. You should be aware however, that you can’t split and freeze panes at the same time. If you have split a pane, and then click on Freeze Panes, Excel will turn off the split pane, and freeze all rows and columns above and to the left of the start of the split pane.
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