Horizontal Scroll Not Working in Excel (6 Possible Solutions)

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This article highlights 6 possible solutions if the horizontal scroll is not working in Excel. You need to scroll through your dataset if you have a larger one. Scrollbars in Excel allow you to do that. But sometimes you may see that the horizontal scroll is not working on your Excel document. There could be a few possible reasons behind it. We will discuss them below and try to apply some solutions. Hopefully, the solutions will fix the problem if the horizontal scroll is not working in your Excel.


Horizontal Scroll Not Working in Excel: 6 Probable Ways to Fix It

1. Change the Page View

  • First, you can try to refresh the page view. Go to the View tab and switch between Normal and Page Break View. Then switch back to Normal view.

  • You should remember though that it is not possible to scroll horizontally through frozen columns. Unfreeze the columns if any to see if the problem is fixed.
  • If the problem isn’t fixed yet, try removing filters from the worksheet.
  • Then, reopen the Excel document if none of the solutions works. If that doesn’t help either, try the next solution.

2. Turn Off Scroll Lock

The horizontal scroll may not work if you have a scroll lock enabled on your PC. Scroll Lock is visible at the Status Bar (in the bottom-left corner).

  • If you don’t see it, right-click on the Status bar. Then, check the Scroll Lock status. You will also see if Scroll Lock is enabled there.

Horizontal Scroll Not Working in Excel

  • Now, disable the Scroll Lock on your keyboard. If your keyboard doesn’t have the Scroll Lock key, then you can disable it using the On-Screen Keyboard.

3. Click on Mouse Wheel Button

Try to click your mouse wheel. If you can, you should see a four-sided arrow as follows.

  • Now, slide your mouse to the right or to the left for horizontal scrolling. The more you move the mouse, the quicker you will be able to scroll.
  • Click on the mouse again, to disable auto-scrolling.

4. Right-Click on Horizontal Scroll Bar

Right-click on the Horizontal Scrollbar. Then select Scroll Right or Scroll Left.

Horizontal Scroll Not Working in Excel

Read More: [Solved!] Vertical Scroll Not Working in Excel


5. Use Keyboard Shortcuts

You should be able to scroll horizontally using the right arrow () and the left arrow () keys. Alternatively, you can use a combination of keyboard and mouse to scroll horizontally.

  • Press and hold CTRL+SHIFT Then scroll your mouse wheel for horizontal scrolling. Unfortunately, this doesn’t work in the versions before Excel 2016.
  • Besides, the ALT+Page Up and ALT+Page Down shortcuts will also allow you to scroll horizontally.

Read More: Excel Not Scrolling with Arrow Keys


6. Install MS Mouse and Keyboard Center

If you have a Microsoft-supported mouse, then installing the Microsoft Mouse and Keyboard Center may fix the problem.


Things to Remember

  • Report to Microsoft if none of the solutions work.
  • You can always try restarting your PC to fix the problem.

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Conclusion

Now you know how to fix the issue if the horizontal scroll is not working in Excel. Please let us know if the above solutions have solved your problem. You can use the comment section below for further queries or suggestions.


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2 Comments
  1. Yes finally! The last keyboard shortcut you mentioned in number 5 worked for me! ALT+Page Up and ALT+Page Down!
    A few computers still have Office 2013 installed and I had searched tons of pages and tried everything to scroll horizontally in Excel 2013. Nothing worked until I found your page, thank you!!

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