As the weather heats up, sometimes it’s good to think about cold things. Like freezing things. Like… freezing panes.
If you have a large spreadsheet with more rows and/or columns than will fit on your computer screens, try freezing panes to keep you column and row titles visible while you scroll through the worksheet. Here’s how…
In the spreadsheet below, I have listed the census years and places across the top and the names of the family I researching in column A. As I move forward through the years or downward below the first few names, I’d like to be able to see columns A, B and C and rows 3 and 4. In this example, if I place my cursor in cell D5 and on the View tab click “Freeze Panes,” I am given some options, to freeze the top row, freeze the first column or to freeze panes. That’s the one I chose, because it will keep my names as well as my census years.
When I click on the freeze panes, note the lines that appear:
Now I can move to the right or downward and my titles will remain to explain to me what I’m looking at.
Freeze panes – a cool tip for a big spreadsheet. Try it!
Mary Kircher Roddy is a genealogist, writer and lecturer, always looking for the story. Her blog is a combination of the stories she has found and the tools she used to find them.