Hyperlinks in Excel are commonly used to link to files, web pages, or specific areas in the existing document. They are a powerful navigation tool for users.
We will be looking at three frequently used hyperlinking methods in Excel. I have created a table to highlight their different functions.
For this guide, I will use the Office 365 version of Excel (build 2203). However, the instructions are similar in other versions.
Linking to a webpage
- Select the cell that you wish to link. In this case, we have selected the cell at D4.
- After you have selected a cell, open the Insert tab from the top menu.
- Navigate to the Link section and select the link icon to open the Hyperlink menu.
After selecting the link icon, the Insert Hyperlink menu will open.
- Since we want the cell to link to a webpage, we will enter the destination link in the Address box and select OK.
The selected cell is now linking to the added webpage.
Linking to an existing file
- Select the cell you wish to link and open the Insert Hyperlink menu.
- To select the file you want to link, click the Browse for file icon.
- Once the appropriate file has been located, select it and click OK to link.
- The existing file is linked to the selected cell.
Clicking on the cell opens the file that we have linked to it.
Linking to the same document
- Select the cell and open the Insert Hyperlink menu. From the Link to section, select the second option: Place in This Document.
- In the Cell Reference section, the sheets of the documents are listed. From here, you can select the appropriate sheet to link.
Excel allows you to link to a specific cell in the new sheet. To link to a cell, enter the cell reference in the box and click OK.
- The sheet is now linked. Clicking on the link opens the new sheet and automatically selects the cell that was referenced.