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How to Freeze Rows and Columns in Google Sheets

In this article, you will learn how to freeze rows and columns in Google Sheets. 

The “Freeze” function is beneficial when you need to handle a vertically and/or horizontally long list in Google Sheets, as you can leave important information (e.g., table headers, names of each item in a table) on your screen while you scroll up, down, right and left.

How to freeze panes in Google Sheets

How to freeze a row

  1. Select a cell that is a part of the row X up to which you want to freeze
  2. Go to the “View” tab in the menu bar, ➝”Freeze”➝”up to row X”
  3. A thick light grey border shows up between row X and row X+1
  4. Now rows from Row 1 to X are fixed and stay on your screen; however you scroll

How to freeze a column

  1. Select a cell that is a part of the column Y up to which you want to freeze
  2. Go to the “View” tab in the menu bar, ➝”Freeze”➝”up to column Y”
  3. A thick light grey border shows up between column Y and row Y+1
  4. Now columns from Column 1 to Y are fixed and stay on your screen; however you scroll

If you want to freeze both rows and columns, you can combine the two processes above. First you select the cell YX, lock the row or column, and freeze the rest of them.

How to lock rows and columns in Google Sheets

How to unfreeze panes in Google Sheets 

You can unlock rows and columns in almost the same way as you lock them.

  1. Go to the “View” tab in the menu bar, and then “Freeze”.
  2. Choose “No rows” and/or “No columns”.
How to unfreeze rows and columns in Google Sheets

Other tips and formulas related to rows and columns

If you don’t get the solution to your question in this article or you have further questions related to rows and columns, you may find the answers in the following articles.

Navigate to the articles below to learn how to fix rows and/or columns, or adjust the heights of rows or the widths of columns to have a better view of a table or a list more efficiently.

How to Resize Column Width in Google Sheets

How to Resize Row Height in Google Sheets

Visit the pages below if you need to learn how to insert multiple rows or columns.

How to Insert Multiple Rows in Google Sheets

How to Insert Multiple Columns in Google Sheets

Check the following articles if you want to learn about how to group or ungroup rows or columns, or change the order of rows and columns.

How to Group Rows and Columns in Google Sheets

How to Switch Two Columns and Rows in Google Sheets

Go to the following web pages if you need to learn how to switch rows and columns. You can do it by using a special paste or the TRANSPOSE function.

Switch Rows and Columns in Google Sheets: Explained

How to Use TRANSPOSE Function in Google Sheets

See these articles to learn how to show the row or column numbers of cells by formula.

COLUMN Function in Google Sheets: Explained

ROW Function in Google Sheets: Explained

You can learn about other Google Sheets formulas and tips that are not mentioned here on this page: LiveFlow‘s How to Guides

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