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).

 

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