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If Excel is truly frozen, which is extremely rare, you will need to kill Excel via the Task Manager. Press ALT-CTL-DELETE keys, select Excel and click End Task. Any work will be lost. The primary cause of lockups in Excel are memory related. I you have had Excel open for many hours, Excel will slowly run out of memory due to memory leaks. Try starting Excel without add-ins to see if the problem goes away. Do one of the following: If you are running Windows 10, choose Start All apps Windows System Run type Excel /safe in the Run box, then click OK. If you are running Windows 8, click Run in the Apps menu type Excel /safe in the Run box, then click OK. Microsoft Excel Not Responding Introduced way back in 1985, Microsoft Excel has grown into one of the most popular, powerful and indispensable computer programs, used by workplaces all over the world. However, Microsoft Excel can sometimes freeze up, stop working or even crash while working on large or complex spreadsheets.

If you are running one of our add-ins, they normally will complete any task in just a few minutes. Most will complete their tasks in just a few seconds. If your data is extremely long - say a hundred thousand rows, the task can take up to 5-10 minutes to do. While the task is being done there is almost always a status message being updated at the bottom left of the screen.

Sometimes the status message will stop updating. This is a very rare and almost all the time the task is still being done and will be completed in a few minutes. If you hold down the CTL key and press the BREAK key, this will interrupt the code and display a Microsoft Excel visual basic dialog box like the following

When this box appears, click on the Continue button. This will cause the status bar to update.

  1. You can freeze a row in Excel so it's easier to compare data as you scroll through the spreadsheet. You can choose to only freeze the first visible row in your Excel sheet, or freeze multiple rows.
  2. So right now I have only 'title' as a frozen pane in excel. It works fine and all but there is a lot of data so when you are in the middle of the sheet its hard to know whether you are working in summary A or summary B. Does anyone know how to freeze panes dynamically? Ie, initially title and Summary A will be frozen.

If Excel is truly frozen, which is extremely rare, you will need to kill Excel via the Task Manager. Press ALT-CTL-DELETE keys, select Excel and click End Task. Any work will be lost.

The primary cause of lockups in Excel are memory related.

I you have had Excel open for many hours, Excel will slowly run out of memory due to memory leaks. Simply closing Excel and re-opening every hour or so is the best policy and often avoids problems.

Some PCs do not have enough memory. Most stores sell PCs with just enough memory to run Windows and the internet and not do anything else. For information on what memory is needed, please see our page on memory problems.

Other than not having enough memory on a PC, the most likely cause of problems are too many add-ins running. Or running any COM add-in. COM add-ins are compiled add-ins, and often have memory conflicts with Excel. COM add-ins from Adobe and other trustworthy companies often get loaded. Unfortunately their COM add-ins often cause memory problems. Having too many VBA add-ins can cause problems.

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Our page on memory problem gives detailed instructions on how to remove COM and VBA add-ins. Doing so will often solve Excel freeze-ups.

Anyone who works with large Excel tables on a daily basis will have to do a lot of scrolling. Over time, this can become cumbersome. However, it’s not a huge problem, particularly because you can use functions like “Find” and “Go to” – both available as keyboard shortcuts – to quickly jump to certain entries. But the fact that thefirst rows or columns disappear as standard whenever you scroll down or right is more problematic. Important elements like the headings of rows and columns are then invisible, making it unnecessarily difficult to work with these kinds of tables.

The solution to this problem is offered by the Microsoft program itself, since you can freeze rows in Excel. This way, they always remain visible – no matter which part of the table you are currently viewing. We show you how you can activate this feature in your Excel tables.

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Freezing Excel Rows: How to Pin the First Row or Column

When fields are automatically hidden, this is especially problematic for header rows. After all, these generally tell the user which information can be found in the respective columns. In most cases, it’s a good idea to freeze the first row in Excel so that the row with the column headings is displayed at all times – no matter how far you scroll down in the document. You can do so with just a few clicks:


The first step is to open the View tab. Next, search for “Freeze Panes” in the “Window” section and click on it. Finally, click the option “Freeze Top Row”:

This setting enables you to freeze the row in Excel and scroll as much as you want, without losing sight of the heading – even if your table has many hundreds of entries like in the following example:

As an alternative to the top row, you can also freeze the first Excel column. Depending on the type of table, this column might also contain important information that should remain in sight when scrolling right in order to ensure the table is easy to read. Instead of the option “Freeze Top Row”, you should simply select “Freeze First Column” in this case:

How to Freeze Multiple Rows and Columns in Excel

Sometimes, it can make sense to freeze not just one but multiple rows in Excel. For example, if the values in the next rows are also important when viewing the table. There is also a helpful tool for this situation that enables you to freeze multiple rows in Excel. The approach is only slightly different than the solution for freezing the header row:

First, select the first row beneath the rows to be pinned. So, if rows 1 to 5 are to be frozen, you should select row 6. You don’t need to select the entire row. All you have to do is select an individual field with the left mouse button, as shown in the following screenshot:

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Next, follow the same steps as above via the “View” tab and the “Freeze Panes” button. This time, you should select “Freeze Panes” in the pop-up menu:

Now when you scroll down in your Excel document, the selected frozen rows will always be displayed together in the top position:

You can also freeze multiple columns in the same way. In this case, you should select the column to the right of the last column to be pinned. For example, if you want to freeze columns A and B, you’ll need to select column C. Just like when selecting the rows, it’s enough to click an individual cell – ideally the respective cell in row 1, otherwise you will automatically freeze rows too. Once you’ve selected the cell, click on “Freeze Panes” (like when freezing multiple rows).

Excel: Undoing Frozen Rows

We showed you in the previous sections how to freeze individual rows and columns as well as multiple rows and columns in Excel. But of course, there are also situations in which you may no longer want these cells to be frozen. Or perhaps you received the Excel document from someone else who used frozen rows and columns which you don’t need yourself. Excel gives you the option to reverse this freeze formatting. The necessary steps are as follows:

  1. Open the View tab.
  2. Click on “Freeze Panes” in the “Windows” section.
  3. Select the option “Unfreeze Panes”.

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