How to Create Column Headers in Excel (3 Easy Methods)

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Spreadsheets are used in many jobs to keep track of, organize, and look at data. By adding column headers to your data in Excel, you can organize it and make it easier to read. This article talks about how to create column headers in Excel and why it’s important to do so in three different ways.


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How to Create Column Headers in Excel: 3 Methods

There are three ways to create column headers in Excel. See the table in the next example for a good way to explain these procedures and how they work. It shows how a company is going to sell certain products.

3 Easy Methods to Create Column Headers in Excel

The three different methods and their steps are given below.


1. Creating Column Headers by Freezing a Row

Use these three steps to create column headers in Excel by freezing a row.

Steps:

  • First, click the View tab.

  • Second, choose the frame right inside the row and column we need to create headers. To do this, select the corner cell of the area that we want to keep unlocked. In our case, we will select the cell Harry to freeze the upper panes.

  • Third, in the  View tab, choose Freeze Panes option.

Easy Methods to Create Column Headers in Excel

  • As a result, this will freeze the rows above the selected cell and the columns.

Easy Methods to Create Column Headers in Excel

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2. Printing a Header Row to Create Column Headers

If we want to repeat column headings on each page throughout all the Excel sheets, we can follow this method. Here’s a list of five steps to creating a header row by printing in Excel.

Steps:

  • Firstly, select the Page Layout tab.

Easy Methods to Create Column Headers in Excel

  • Secondly, click the Print Titles.

  • Thirdly, make sure that the cells in which the data is included are selected as the Print Area. After clicking the button that is located next to the Print Area box, move the selection so that it covers the data that you want to print.

Easy Methods to Create Column Headers in Excel

  • Next, click on Rows to repeat at top. This will let you choose which row(s) to treat as the constant header.
  • Then, choose the row(s) you wish to make a header for. The rows you choose will be at the top of every printed page. This is particularly useful for making huge spreadsheets accessible over numerous pages.

Easy Methods to Create Column Headers in Excel

  • In addition, click the button next to Columns to repeat at left. This will allow you to select columns that you want to keep constant on each page.
  • Lastly, we can print the sheet. Excel will use the constant heading and the columns you selected in the Print Titles box to print the data that you specified.

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3. Creating Column Headers by Formatting in a Table

The Excel Table can generate row or column headers automatically when you transform your data into a table.

Steps:

  • At first, choose the information you want to put into a table.
  • Then click the Insert tab and select the Table option.

Easy Methods to Create Column Headers in Excel

  • Next tick the My table has headers box and then click OK. The first row will automatically become column headers.

Easy Methods to Create Column Headers in Excel

  • In the end, we will get a table like the image below.

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Things to Remember

  • Format column heads differently and use Freeze Panes to always see them. It saves time by reducing scrolling.
  • Print using Print Area and Rows to repeat at every page.
  • Excel Tables need definite range and column headings.

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Conclusion

Creating column headers in Excel is an important thing that might help us while making big data sheets. Hope this article helped with that purpose. If you’re still having trouble with any of these methods, let us know in the comments. Our team is ready to answer all of your questions.


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Nasir Muhammad Munim has been an Excel and VBA Content Developer for over a year in Exceldemy and published more than 30 articles for the website. He is passionate about exploring new aspects of Excel and VBA. He received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the Islamic University of Technology. Apart from creating Excel tutorials, he is interested in developing PostgreSQL, MySQL, and Android applications. He is fascinated by CAD-based designing systems and building... Read Full Bio

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