I'm often trying to freeze columns in a Google Sheets and I get the error as below

The way I get around this is to manually hunt for the merged cells and unfreeze them, but this can be difficult on a large spreadsheet. Is there a way to identify the problem cells in a more automated way than manually hunting for them

Sorry you can't freeze columns which contain only part of a merged cell Try to break apart merged cells or freeze more columns to include the complete merged cells

  • you can use conditional formatting – user0 Aug 29 '19 at 20:29
  • if you have such an option you can use Conditional Formatting to check for merged cells where you can immediately spot merged cells where the color pattern is interrupted like:


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  • in the same manner you can use this formula for rows:


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