PLEASE HELP - Excel Horizontal Scroll Not Working

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Hello all:


I have an excel workbook that is many columns wide. I am on a Macbook Pro, Office 365.


Scroll lock is *not* on, please do not suggest I turn it off.


I can scroll in other workbooks.


On this workbook, if I am selecting cells and trying to scroll horizontally, it won't continue the horizontal scroll beyond what is visual on screen. I am extremely annoyed, please help.




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Try any/all of the following:

  • remove filters
  • unfreeze panes
  • Change from Normal view to Page Break Preview then back to Normal
  • Close/Re-open the application



Thanks for your help.


Didn't have any filters to remove or panes to unfreeze, and I'd already closed and opened the app.




For whatever reason - is there a reason or is this just a glitch in the matrix? - your suggestion to move from normal to page break to normal worked - THANK YOU.




It happens every now and then.  When it happens, "refresh" the view any way you can.

I am facing the same issue on a windows PC. No scroll lock and refreshing views do not seem to be fixing it either. Please help.

Hi @carlj2265 

Hello all,


I have this same problem too, and already searching for a very long time for a solution!! In all forums/Uservoices/TechCommunities i read, i see that MS does not come out with a(ny) feasable solution (or comment).


The big issue is: this worked very good (and so simple) in former Windows versions (just using Shift or Ctrl-Shift + scroll with a normal mouse up or down, couldn't be more simple, that was the perfect solution). 


I also (specially for this issue!) bought the Microsoft Arc mouse, but same issue, no horizontal scrolling in Excel, even with their own special horizontal scrolling mouse... mind-boggling... 


What is also very troubling (and mind-boggling) is that for some people the Shift (or Shift-Control) works with Horizontal scrolling in Excel with a regular mouse, and for others this is not possible... completely not logical ! And another thing is: on Mac completely no issue with horizontal scrolling with Apple mouse !!!! Try to get some logic in that.... MS-logic?.... I don't get it... And especially since so many people already wrote about this on all kinds of forums & communities....


I also found info here, but still no solution...


Is there somewhere any sensible solution or explanation why this is not working, and when is MS going to do something about this (since this worked before) ??!


Best regards, 



@Yannic_BelgiumI right-clicked on the scroll bar and clicked on "Scroll Right" and seemed to get more space to scroll back and forth.


Really more of a workaround than a solution but maybe you could try it and see if it works for you.



I had the same issue with my Microsoft ergonomic mouse, but was able to side scroll once I downloaded the support software (Microsoft Mouse and Keyboard Center in my case) Hope this helps.


As long as this topic old enough and no one answered correct or useful, problem still alive.

Because of its name (excel ~ spread sheets), cells may continue to horiz. or vert. ways and its so difficult to scroll long way with scrollbar, so when you need to reach last active column drage the scrollbar and hit opposite direction way and its shows last or first column then seek one by one column in that area to work with cells.

cheers dude

(windows on PC)