Display A Worksheets Row And Column Labels

BY STANLEY ZAROWIN

Q. When I’m working on a large spreadsheet with labels running down column A, I use Freeze to keep the labels in view no matter how far I scroll to the right. But if I also have labels across row 1, how can I keep both sets of labels in view?

A. It’s really quite simple but not very intuitive. Let’s use the worksheet below to illustrate.

If you highlight row 2 and then click on Windows , Freeze Panes , the labels for the four quarters and the fiscal year will always stay in view no matter how far down you move the cursor (see screenshot below). Notice the heavy black line above Gross profit: That’s the dividing line between cells always in view (above the line) and those that disappear when you move the cursor down.

However, column A labels will be lost when you move the cursor to the right. To also keep them in view, return to Windows and click on Unfreeze .

Now highlight cell B2, which is the intersection of the two freeze points. If we freeze at that point, all the cells above it and to the left of it will always remain in view (see screenshot below).

 

SPONSORED REPORT

Keeping client information safe in an age of scams and security threats

A look at the Dirty Dozen tax scams and ways to protect taxpayer information.

TECHNOLOGY Q&A

How to create maps in Excel 2016

Microsoft Excel 2016 has two new mapping capabilities. J. Carlton Collins, CPA, demonstrates how to make masterful 2D and 3D maps in Excel 2016.

QUIZ

News quiz: IRS enforcement, a hot job, and audit value

The IRS’s 2016 Data Book, a “hot job” of particular interest at this time of year, and insight into how executive and audit committees view the insights from financial statement audits received attention recently. See how much you know with this short quiz.