Freezing Panes and View Options

In Excel freeze panes to compare information, and use view options in Excel to more easily read Excel spreadsheets.

Other view options

If your workbook contains a lot of content, it can sometimes be difficult to compare different sections. Excel includes additional options to make your workbooks easier to view and compare. For example, you can choose to open a new window for your workbook or split a worksheet into separate panes.

To open a new window for the current workbook:

Excel allows you to open multiple windows for a single workbook at the same time. In our example, we'll use this feature to compare two different worksheets from the same workbook.

  1. Click the View tab on the Ribbon, then select the New Window command.
    Screenshot of Excel 2013Clicking the New Window command
  2. A new window for the workbook will appear.


    Screenshot of Excel 2013The same workbook open in two separate windows
  3. You can now compare different worksheets from the same workbook across windows. In our example, we'll select the 2013 Sales Detailed View worksheet to compare the 2012 and 2013 sales.


    Screenshot of Excel 2013Selecting a worksheet in a new window

If you have several windows open at the same time, you can use the Arrange All command to rearrange them quickly.

Screenshot of Excel 2013Clicking Arrange All

To split a worksheet:

Sometimes you may want to compare different sections of the same workbook without creating a new window. The Split command allows you to divide the worksheet into multiple panes that scroll separately.

  1. Select the cell where you want to split the worksheet. In our example, we'll select cell C7.


    Screenshot of Excel 2013Selecting cell C7
  2. Click the View tab on the Ribbon, then select the Split command.
    Screenshot of Excel 2013Clicking the Split command
  3. The workbook will be split into different panes. You can scroll through each pane separately using the scroll bars, allowing you to compare different sections of the workbook.
    Screenshot of Excel 2013The split worksheet

After creating a split, you can click and drag the vertical and horizontal dividers to change the size of each section.

To remove the split, click the Split command again.