Scrolling through large amounts of data can be tedious and confusing, and the bigger your spreadsheet, the more likely you are to make a mistake by attributing information in a cell to the wrong column heading. This can lead to errors, which can be difficult to pinpoint later in your work.
While labeling columns with headers or titles can be helpful, you can really improve your accuracy by freezing the top row that contains that information. This will keep the top row locked to the top of the spreadsheet so that it remains visible while you are scrolling down. Our tutorial below will show you how to freeze a row in Google Sheets.
Always Show the Top Row of a Spreadsheet in Google Sheets
The steps in this article were performed in Google Chrome, but will also work in other Web browsers like Firefox and Internet Explorer. Note that this setting only applies to the current spreadsheet. It will not affect the display of any other spreadsheets in your Google Drive.
Step 1: Go to your Google Drive at https://drive.google.com/drive/my-drive and open the Sheets file with the top row that you wish to freeze.
Step 2: Click the View tab at the top of the window.
Step 3: Select the Freeze menu item, then click on the 1 row option.
Note that there are several other options for freezing columns and rows on this menu as well, if you are looking to freeze some data, but not necessarily the top row.
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