Tip: Freeze a Column in Excel 2010

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Have you ever had a large spreadsheet and had trouble remembering what the row or column names were when you had to scroll them off the screen?

A quick fix in Excel 2010 can help lock that first row or column in place, allowing you to scroll to the entry point of your data without scrolling that important information off the screen.

As an IT support and networking consultant, I’ve been asked to provide a solution to this problem several times.  Here’s the quick fix:

Step 1: Highlight the column of data you wish to lock in place.

Highlighting the Column

Highlighting the Column

Step 2: Click the View tab on the top menu bar

Choosing the View Menu

Choosing the View Menu

Step 3: Select Freeze Panes from the ribbon bar

Freeze Columns Option on the Ribbon Bar

Freeze Columns Option on the Ribbon Bar

Step 4: Click Freeze First Column

That’s it!  Now, when you scroll through the data to the right, the data will slide, leaving that first column in view:

The Locked Column

The Locked Column

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