How To Name Columns In Google Sheets

Working with Google sheets is one of the most common tasks that you can encounter because it allows you to create spreadsheets digitally, with the advantage of sharing them with your peers.

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With that, there are certain instances when you’ll have to navigate through the spreadsheet you’ve created. Imagine what it’s like having to present a whole spreadsheet with more than a thousand rows in it. It won’t be easy to understand, especially if the viewers won’t see the column titles of the data presented before them. 

However, say no more because Google Sheets allows you to input column names in your spreadsheet and format them in such a way that they will always be visible no matter how low you scroll down through your sheet. Just follow the steps listed below. 

1. Navigate to your web browser then go to Google Sheets.

To begin naming your columns, open your web browser and then navigate to Google Sheets. Make sure your account is signed in so you can see all of your existing spreadsheets.

2. Browse through your spreadsheets then select the one to edit.

If you have already logged in, go through your spreadsheets and decide which ones need to be edited. Select that file so you can start adding column names to it.

3. Click the number of the first row to select the entire row.

You must select the entire row where you want to put the column name. To do it quickly, click the first-row number on the far-left side of the sheet. When you click this, the entire row is selected.

4. Select “Insert” on the menu bar then a drop-down menu will appear.

After you’ve selected a row, it should have a blue highlight and outline. Now, on the menu bar, select “Insert” to bring up a drop-down menu.

5. Select “Row above” from the menu list.

Select “Row above” from the drop-down menu to create a new blank row on top of the sheet where you can enter your column names.

6. Enter your preferred name for each column in the cells of the first row.

In the row cells added in the previous step, enter the different column names you want for your sheets.

7. Select all of the cells for which you’ve provided a name.

After you’ve entered the column names, select all of the cells that contain a column name. If you’ve chosen the correct cells, you’ll notice a blue highlight and outline around them.

8. Click “View” on the menu bar then a drop-down menu will show up.

If you’re certain that you’ve selected the complete and accurate cells, click the “View” options in the menu bar to bring up a drop-down menu on your screen. This will display various editing options you can apply to change how your sheet will appear.

9. Select “Freeze” from the options then click “1 row.”

Select “Freeze” from the drop-down menu, and a new small menu will appear, where you should click 1 row. This will cause the row with the column names to be frozen, allowing you to scroll down as far as you want while still seeing the column names at the top.


Google Sheets offers various ways to make your spreadsheet more comprehensible. One of which is setting up column names and freezing their panes to be visible all the time. Use these features to ensure that your data presentation is easily understandable.