How to Lock Rows and Columns in Google Sheets

How to Lock Rows and Columns in Google Sheets

Have you ever wondered how to freeze certain rows or columns in your Google Sheets? Well, I’m here to guide you through the process. Locking rows and columns can be really useful, especially when you want to keep important information visible while scrolling through a large spreadsheet.

To freeze rows or columns in Google Sheets, follow these steps:

1. Open your Google Sheets document.

2. Select the row or column that you want to freeze. You can do this by clicking on the number or letter of the row or column.

3. Once you have selected the desired row or column, click on the “View” tab in the top menu.

4. In the drop-down menu, click on “Freeze” and then choose either “1 row” or “1 column” depending on your preference.

5. Voila! The selected row or column is now frozen and will remain visible even when you scroll through your spreadsheet.

Now you can easily navigate through your Google Sheets without losing sight of the important information. It’s as simple as that!

Remember, you can always unfreeze the frozen rows or columns by going back to the “View” tab and selecting “Unfreeze.” So don’t worry if you change your mind or need to make adjustments.

With this handy feature, you can keep your data organized and accessible, ensuring a smooth and efficient workflow. Happy spreadsheeting!

How to Freeze Multiple Rows or Columns in Google Sheets

Hey there! So, you know how it can be a bit challenging to work with a large data set in your Google Sheet file, even if you’ve organized it with alternating colors? Constantly scrolling through the spreadsheet just to see all the data can be a hassle. Sometimes, you really just want to keep an eye on certain data as you scroll further down. I get it, it can be a bit overwhelming. But guess what? You can actually freeze those required rows! Cool, right? Let me show you how.

Okay, let’s talk about what happens when you freeze cells or rows in Google Sheets. When you freeze them, that particular data will always stay on-screen, even if you scroll down in the sheet. This is super helpful when you’re dealing with tons of data and you need to explore different parts of the file. And hey, here’s another thing – those frozen cells are visible to others when they open the file. Now that’s handy!

Now, here’s a little tip for you: those frozen rows will remain in the exact same position, no matter how you sort the data in the spreadsheet using a filter. So, don’t worry about losing track of anything.

Alright, so let’s get down to business. You don’t need any fancy third-party app or extension to freeze rows in Google Sheets. Nope, it’s actually pretty straightforward. Oh, and guess what? The process for freezing a single row or multiple rows is the same. Easy peasy!

  1. First things first, open your spreadsheet in Google Sheets.
  2. Select the row that you want to freeze. Simple, right?
  3. Now, up at the top of the screen, click on the View button.
    View button in Google Sheets
  4. Next, select Freeze. It’s right there in the options.
  5. Finally, choose which rows you want to freeze from the selection.
    Selection of freeze in Google Sheets

Boom! Once you’ve followed these steps, you’re going to see a nice, thick line that separates those frozen rows from the rest of the sheet. No matter where you go in the file, those fixed rows will always stay at the top, keeping your important data right within sight. How cool is that?

Image of rows that are frozen in Google Sheets

To freeze columns, all you have to do is choose them from the handy Freeze menu. When you freeze a column, it will stay in place while you scroll, making it easier to keep track of important information. Take a look at how it works:

Frozen column in Google Sheets

Hey there, let me show you a neat trick! Instead of using the menu options, you can simply drag the freeze pane from the top right corner of the spreadsheet. This way, you’ll be able to lock the section of the sheet that you want to keep visible.

Freeze Pane in Google Sheets

Unlocking Frozen Rows in Google Sheets

You’ve successfully frozen your rows, but what happens when you need to access them again? Don’t worry, unfreezing rows is a breeze if you follow these simple steps:

Unfreezing Rows and Columns in Google Sheets

  1. First, I want you to open the spreadsheet in Google Sheets.
  2. Next, select the row that you want to freeze.
  3. Now, click on View.
  4. Select Freeze and then choose No Rows (or No Columns if you want to freeze columns).

If you’re inserting a calendar in Google Sheets, it’s a good idea to freeze the top row for easy navigation.

How to Freeze Multiple Rows or Columns in Google Sheets From Android or iPhone

If you’re working on a spreadsheet using the Google Sheets app on your phone, you can freeze rows or columns directly from the mobile app. You don’t need to switch to your PC for this simple task.

  1. First, open your spreadsheet in Google Sheets.
  2. Then, tap on the row number (or column letter) of the cells you want to freeze.
  3. Touch and hold the highlighted rows or columns.
  4. Select the three-dot icon.
  5. Tap on Freeze.

You can unfreeze the cells by going to the same menu and selecting Unfreeze.

Freezing Cells Makes Managing Long Spreadsheets Easier

This little trick is really helpful, especially when you’re working with spreadsheets that have a lot of data. Just keep in mind that frozen cells are shared with everyone who has access to the Google Sheets file, making it easier for them to work on the spreadsheet too. Next, you might want to learn how to view who’s accessing your Google Docs or Sheets file.


Q: Can other people freeze rows on Google Sheets?

A: Yes, anyone with editing access can freeze rows on Google Sheets. However, if the file owner has locked the cells, this won’t be possible.

Q: What’s the difference between freezing and protecting in Google Sheets?

A: Freezing means locking cells so that they stay in place no matter where you go in the file. Protecting cells means preventing others from making any changes to the protected area.

Q: Can I freeze protected cells in Google Sheets?

A: Yes, but only if you’re the owner of the file and you’re the one who placed the protection on the cells.

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