Excel allows us to split the worksheet into panes so that we can scroll through each pane separately. This is especially useful when we are working with a large data set and we want a split view of the screen.
How to split screen
The method to split screen is very easy. We only need to click on the cell where we want to split, like E6. Then we click the View tab > Split button.
Figure 1. Final result: How to split screen
The screen will automatically be divided into four areas, with a horizontal and vertical line that serve as dividers, intersecting at the upper left corner of cell E6.
We can now scroll down the bottom part of the worksheet while leaving the top portion stationary.
Figure 2. Scrolling the bottom part
Alternatively, we can also scroll down the upper portion of the worksheet and the bottom part will display the view exactly as we left it.
Figure 3. Scrolling the top part
In the same manner, we can also scroll the right side of the screen without changing the left side view, and vice versa.
Figure 4. Scrolling to the side
Move the split screen
We can actually move the split screen by simply dragging the lines up, down, left or right. In the example below, we have moved the horizontal line below row 2, and the vertical line to the right of column C.
Figure 5. Output: Move the split screen
Horizontal split screen
We can also customize the split screen to show only two panes. In order to split horizontally, follow these steps:
- Click below the row where we want the screen to split. We want the screen to split after the third row so we select row 4.
- Click View tab > Split
Figure 6. Output: Horizontal split screen
The screen will split above the selected cells. We can now scroll in the top and bottom screens separately.
Figure 7. Scrolling the bottom screen
Vertical split screen
Remember that the screen will split above and to the left of the active cells. In order to split vertically, follow these steps:
- Click column C
- Click View tab > Split
Figure 8. Output: Vertical split screen
The screen is split vertically and we can now scroll the left and right screens independently.
Figure 9. Scrolling the right screen
Remove split screen
To remove the split screen, simply uncheck the Split command button in View tab.
Figure 10. How to remove split screen
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