Excel/Freeze Panes


I hope you can help me with this basic question.  I am wanting to freeze the panes on my excel sheet, but I can not remember where to find the link to do this.  I am only wanting to freeze the first row.



Hello Ray,  Thank you for your question and the opportunity to assist you.

I am going to assume you are using Excel 2007 or 2010.  If not, in a follow-up question let me know which version you are using and I will provide a more specific answer applicable to the version you are using.

In Excel 2007 or 2010, click on "View" and on the right side of the ribbon you will see "Freeze Panes."  Click on "Freeze Panes" and three options appear.  If you only want the first row frozen, click on the middle option, "Freeze Top Row."

Hopefully this helped you solve your problem.  If not, or if you need additional help on this issue, let me know.


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