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Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 2000, 2002, and 2003. If you are using a later version (Excel 2007 or later), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for later versions of Excel, click here: Converting a Range of URLs to Hyperlinks.
John has a workbook that has well over a thousands URLs in it, all in column A. These are not hyperlinks; they are straight text of individual URLs. John wants to convert the URLs to active hyperlinks, but doing the conversion individually is extremely tedious, especially for that many URLs.
As is the case with most tedium in Excel, the solution is to use a macro to do the conversion. To be effective, the macro would need to step through each cell in a selected range and, if the cell is not blank, convert the contents to a hyperlink. The following will do the trick:
Sub URL_List() For Each cell In Selection If cell.Value <> "" Then If Left(cell.Value, 7) = "http://" Then URL = cell.Value Else URL = "http://" + cell.Value End If ActiveSheet.Hyperlinks.Add Anchor:=cell, _ Address:=URL, TextToDisplay:=cell.Value End If Next cell End Sub
The macro is not foolproof; it assumes that if a cell contains anything at all it is a valid URL. What it does is to check the cell contents and, if the contents aren't prefaced by the "http://" text, then it is added. The hyperlink is then created based on the cell contents.
ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (3110) applies to Microsoft Excel 2000, 2002, and 2003. You can find a version of this tip for the ribbon interface of Excel (Excel 2007 and later) here: Converting a Range of URLs to Hyperlinks.
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