I want to know if there's a way to limit scroll right to a particular column in Excel

Copper Contributor

I scrolled right too far in a spreadsheet and it has opened the column range farther than I want.

How do i set the limit to how many columns I want?

3 Replies

@Pat2023 

In Excel, there is no direct built-in feature to set a hard limit on the number of columns visible when scrolling to the right. However, there are a couple of workarounds you can consider to achieve a similar effect:

  1. Freeze Panes: You can use the "Freeze Panes" feature to keep a specific column (or columns) fixed on the screen while scrolling horizontally. This will not limit the number of columns you can scroll to, but it will keep the specified column(s) visible at all times.

To do this:

    • Select the column to the right of the last column you want to see.
    • Go to the "View" tab on the Excel ribbon.
    • Click on the "Freeze Panes" dropdown.
    • Choose "Freeze Panes."

This will keep the selected column(s) locked on the left side of the screen while you scroll horizontally.

  1. Adjust Column Widths: You can adjust the width of the columns to make the columns you do not want to see less visible. This will not limit scrolling, but it will make those columns narrower and less prominent.

To adjust column widths:

    • Select the column header of the column you want to adjust.
    • Position your cursor over the line separating column headers.
    • Click and drag to adjust the column width.
  1. Use Zoom: While not exactly a limitation, you can adjust the zoom level of the Excel sheet to make the columns appear smaller. This can allow you to fit more columns on the screen.

To adjust the zoom level:

    • Use the zoom slider in the bottom right corner of the Excel window.
    • Alternatively, go to the "View" tab on the ribbon and adjust the zoom level from there.
  1. Custom Views: You can set up custom views that include specific columns and their widths, and switch between views as needed. This will not limit scrolling, but it can help you quickly switch between different column configurations.

To create custom views:

    • Go to the "View" tab on the Excel ribbon.
    • Click on "Custom Views" and then "Add."
    • Configure the columns and settings you want for the view.
    • Name the view and click "OK."

Remember that Excel's main functionality revolves around scrolling horizontally to access a large number of columns. If you consistently find yourself needing to limit the number of columns you see, it might be worth considering whether there are ways to rearrange or structure your data differently to make it more manageable.The text and steps were created with the help of AI.

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Hope this will help you.

@Pat2023 

As variant you may hide all never used columns on the right

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@NikolinoDE 

Thanks for your reply.

I actually closed the spreadsheet and when I reopened it, the scroll function returned to it's normal width of the columns I was using. I had scrolled to the extreme right to clear some cell formatting that was done by the originator of the spreadsheet.

Your recommendations were very helpful and I appreciate you responding.

Thanks again.