Turning Off Synchronous Scrolling

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated March 28, 2019)


Betty often has to transfer information between two worksheets so she makes a lot of use of View Side By Side. Given that her worksheets are not similar in layout, synchronous scrolling is an irritant to Betty. She wonders if there is any way to set the default so that synchronous scrolling is off rather than on.

When you use View Side By Side, the default is that synchronous scrolling is turned on. (The View Side By Side tool is available on the View tab of the ribbon, in the Window group.) You can turn it off, on a case-by-case basis, by simply displaying the View tab of the ribbon and then clicking the Synchronous Scrolling tool in the Window group.

If you want to make this setting (synchronous scrolling turned off) for the two worksheets, click the Save Workspace tool and save your workspace. When you later load the workspace, the two worksheets will still be side-by-side and the synchronous scrolling will be turned off. This approach will only work in Excel 2007 and Excel 2010, though; workspace support was unceremoniously dropped from Excel 2013.

Another option is to forego View Side By Side entirely and just arrange the worksheet windows so that both are visible on the screen at once. You can do this by making sure both workbooks are open, displaying the View tab of the ribbon, and clicking Arrange All. Regardless of which arrangement option you then choose (Horizontal or Vertical being the most common), synchronous scrolling will not be turned on.

ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (9361) applies to Microsoft Excel 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Excel in Office 365.

Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...


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2019-12-28 15:58:27


Excel 2010: I never even knew there was a "Synchronous Scrolling" option until today, when I opened a "View - New Vindow" (as I have done many thousands of time) and out of no where they were syncrhonized.

And now I cannot find any way to un-synchronize them. Going to View "Synchronous Scrolling" is greyed out. Selecting "View Side by Side", then de-selecting "Synchronous Scrolling" does absolutely nothing.

At the top of each window, next to the filename & copy [HSync] is displayed both windows, and I cannot get rid of it.

Ran a Control Panel - Programs & Features - Repair Office 2010 to no avail.

Recorded a macro and found that selecting the "Synchronous Scrolling" option DOES NOTHING.

This problem is a show stopper for me! Anyone know anything about this???

2015-12-29 00:58:18

Arokiadoss M

synchronous scrolling is not highlighted in my work sheet. how can I get it back?

2014-08-28 02:28:13


Please help, I keep getting a sharing violation window that pops up when saving a file. It says that its saving the file to a different name which I can never find that file. How do I stop this from happening.
Thank you

2014-05-25 19:14:49


I want to scroll side by side the same large Spread sheet, but the Synchronous Scrolling is grayed out, so can't turn it off?? Any way to turn it off? Excel 2007

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