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How to Freeze Rows or Columns in Microsoft Excel

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Microsoft Excel is a a very powerful and common tool in Offices all around the world. You can perform various tasks including calculations, making spreadsheets, create Macros and what not. here is a handy feature of Microsoft Excel which enables you to lock Certain Rows or Columns (or both) while Scrolling.

Step-by-Step Guide (To lock Row/Column)

1. On your excel Sheet, do as follows
  • For Rows, Select a Row below the Row/Rows you want to Lock.
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  • For Columns, Select the Column to the right of the Column/Columns you want to lock.
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2. Among the Tabs on the top, locate the View tab and select it

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3. In the View tab options, locate Freeze Panes and Choose it. A drop down menu will open, Select the first option i.e. Freeze Panes

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If you want to lock only the first row or the first column, Freeze Panes option gives you preset options to lock these rows/columns.

Step-by-Step Guide (To lock Rows and Columns)

1. Select the Row below the Row/Rows you want to lock. Than Press Ctrl, and Select Columns to the right of the Column/Columns you want to lock.

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2. Go to View>Freeze Panes>Freeze Panes (Same as above)

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