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Locking one quadrant in Excel

Posted on 2013-01-24
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Dear Experts,

What is the best way to lock one quadrant in a worksheet. I am using Freeze Panes and can identify four specific quandrants of data - three of which I prefer to freeze but I have only been successful in locking two - top two. Is there a way to lock all but one quadrant?

I tried split pane but do not know how to lock three of the panes and keep only one 'moveable'.

Thanks!
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If you freeze panes in the middle of the sheet (not in the first row or column), both the rows and columns above and to the left of that cell will freeze. But only one at a time. That is, if you freeze cell C4, the top three rows and the left two columns will be frozen, but if you scroll down, the entire sheet below row 3 will scroll up, and if you scroll right, the entire sheet beyond column B will scroll. So it really only freezes the top left quadrant.

It sounds like you want a sub-window to show your fourth quadrant and scroll it while keeping the other three quadrants in place. There isn't really a good way to do that in Excel as far as I know. The only way I know of to do that would be to set up your quadrants in separate worksheets and then arrange the worksheets in multiple views of the file. See the attached screenshot for an illustration. Use "New Window" on the View menu three times to get four views of the file, and then "Arrange All" - make sure to check the "Windows of active workbook" checkbox at the bottom. Then you can rearrange the window sizes to make everything line up and display it the way you want.
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Thank you for the explanation and screenshot. I'll play with your idea and see what I can do.
Cheers!
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