Pardon the Dumb Question: How do I "freeze" the top row--for viewing, not printing--in Excel 2008 (v 12.5)?

hiseema

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I can't believe I have to post this to a forum to learn how to do this, I feel like such an idiot! But after hours of searching for the right answer, I feel like I have no choice. In advance, sorry for the dumb question and thank you!

How do I simply "freeze" the entire top row (which is comprised of my various column headings: 'name, address, phone,' etc. - i have about 20 different columns' worth of data), so that I can scroll through the entire 700-row document, work on various "entries," and still SEE the top row as a "frozen header?"
 

njimack

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Welcome to the board.

I'll assume you're using 2007 or 2010. From the View tab, press the 'Freeze panes' icon (about half way across the ribbon) and then select Freeze top row.
 

Andrew Poulsom

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Welcome to the Board.

Assuming it's the same as in Windows, select A2 then Window|Freeze Panes.
 

hiseema

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njimack: as i mentioned in the question, i'm using excel 2008 (part of the ms office 2008 suite). unfortunately, there is no "freeze" command in any of the toolbars. so frustrating!

andrew: unfortunately, it isn't at all the same as windows' version of excel. again, so frustrating.

other thoughts? anybody out there actually have/work with excel 2008? it is near-impossible to find a "freeze" command anywhere!
 

RoryA

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I'm not in front of a Mac now, but I'm pretty sure the instructions are exactly what Andrew said in 2008 (note you need to be in Normal view, not Page Layout view).
 

hiseema

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Andrew & rorya: you two were both right, thank you! I'm not sure where I went wrong but, I did. Just tried what you said though and, it WORKED.
 

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