How to Freeze Panes in Google Sheets: A Step-by-Step Guide

If you're a Google Sheets user, you know the feeling of scrolling down your spreadsheet and losing sight of your column headings and row labels. It can be frustrating when you need to refer to a specific cell, but it's buried beneath rows and columns of data. Fortunately, Google Sheets offers the option to freeze panes, allowing you to keep the important information in view while scrolling through your spreadsheet. In this guide, I'll walk you through the steps to freeze panes in Google Sheets.

Step 1: Open Your Spreadsheet

First, you'll need to open the spreadsheet you want to work on. If you're starting a new spreadsheet, you can do this by navigating to your Google Drive and clicking on the "New" button. From there, select "Google Sheets."

Step 2: Select the Rows or Columns to Freeze

Next, click on the row or column below or to the right of where you want to freeze your spreadsheet. For example, if you want to freeze the top row of your spreadsheet, click on the row below it. If you want to freeze the first column, click on the column to the right of it.

Step 3: Click on "View"

After you've selected the rows or columns to freeze, click on the "View" button in the top menu bar.

Step 4: Choose "Freeze"

From the "View" dropdown menu, select "Freeze." You'll see three options: "No rows," "1 row," and "1 column."

Step 5: Choose "1 Row" or "1 Column"

Choose "1 row" if you want to freeze the top row of your spreadsheet. Choose "1 column" if you want to freeze the first column. If you want to freeze both the top row and first column, select the cell below the top row and to the right of the first column, then select "Freeze" and "Up to current row and left."

Step 6: Scroll and Test It Out

Once you've frozen your panes, scroll down or across your spreadsheet and test it out. You should see that the frozen rows or columns remain in view as you scroll.


Freezing panes may seem like a small trick, but it can be a game-changer for your productivity when working with large spreadsheets. Now that you know how to freeze panes in Google Sheets, experiment with it and make yourself more efficient!

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