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A spreadsheet is the ultimate business tool for organizing and analyzing data. But all the data analysis in the world is useless if you can’t understand the data you’re dealing with. Even worse, you can’t get your boss to understand. One of the problems with large data sets in spreadsheets is that as soon as you scroll down, the column headers don’t appear and it’s easy to lose track of what’s in which column.
This issue can be easily resolved with just a few clicks. And if you’re using spreadsheets on the go, get yourself a good tablet for your math needs.
Freeze rows and columns in Google Sheets
The process of fixing rows or columns is straightforward, but slightly different depending on the platform you are using. And like other features in the Google Docs suite, there are multiple ways to do the same thing. Whether you’re using a PC, Chromebook, Android, or Apple, first log in to your Google Account and open Sheets.
Freeze rows in Google Sheets using your browser
- click opinion From the ribbon menu at the top of the window.
- Hover over from the drop-down menu. freezingand select 1 line.
Freeze rows in Google Sheets using Android
- Press and hold the Row 1 row header on the left side of your spreadsheet. Alternatively, tap the row header to highlight the row, then tap the header again.
- From the menu that pops up, tap the three-dot overflow menu icon.
- Tap freezing.
Freeze Rows in Google Sheets Using iOS
- Tap the row header on the left side of the spreadsheet to highlight the first row, then tap the row header again.
- From the menu that pops up, press the arrow icon.
- Tap freezing.
Congrats! You have successfully frozen the first row. A gray line appears separating frozen cells from other cells, regardless of the platform used. Also, when I scroll the sheet, the first row stays fixed at the top of the screen. This same process can be applied to columns so that scrolling left always sticks to the first column.
Freeze multiple rows or columns in Google Sheets
When working with large data sets, you may need to freeze data in multiple rows or columns. If you’re on a mobile device, you can select multiple rows or columns and follow the steps above, but it can be a pain on older phones with fat fingers. There’s a better way.
Freeze Multiple Rows or Columns in Google Sheets Using Mobile
- Press down arrow Icons to the right of the worksheet tabs at the bottom of the screen.
- Scroll to the bottom of the menu that pops up, up arrow Click the icon to select the number of rows or columns to freeze.
If you’ve been using the browser version of Google Sheets, you may have noticed other options in the freeze menu. In addition to being able to freeze one row, you can freeze two rows or even the row containing the currently selected cell. But you don’t have to use the menu. There is an easier way.
Freeze multiple rows or columns in Google Sheets using your browser
When you freeze rows or columns, a thick gray border appears between the rows or columns to indicate which cells are frozen. These borders are draggable. If the row or column is not frozen, it’s in the upper left corner of the spreadsheet, just above row 1 and to the left of column A.
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This is the basics of freezing rows and columns. The only caveat to remember is that the fixed rows and columns must be adjacent to the top and right edges respectively. You cannot freeze rows or columns in the middle of the sheet. If you need to take your Google Sheets game even further, check out these add-ons.