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Tying a Hyperlink to a Specific Cell

Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 97, 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: Tying a Hyperlink to a Specific Cell.

Manoj created a hyperlink between two worksheets by using copy and paste hyperlink command (the hyperlink targets a specific cell). Later he inserted some rows on the target worksheet that caused the target cell to move down a bit. Even though the target cell moves down, the hyperlink continues to reference the old cell location. Manoj is wondering if there is a way to make sure that the hyperlink always targets the cell he intended when creating the link.

In Excel, hyperlink addresses are essentially text that references a cell. Formulas in Excel link to cell references which adjust when changes in the worksheet structure are made (inserting and deleting rows and columns, etc.). Hyperlink addresses, being text instead of cell references, will not adjust with such changes.

The solution is to create a named range that refers to the target cell you want used in the hyperlink. (You do this by choosing Insert | Name | Define.) When you create your hyperlink, you can then reference this named range in the Insert Hyperlink dialog box. (See Figure 1.)

Figure 1. The Insert Hyperlink dialog box.

At the left of the dialog box, click Place In This Document. You'll then see a list of named ranges in your workbook and you can choose which one you want to be associated with this hyperlink. In this way, you allow Excel to take care of translating between the name and the address for that name, which means that the hyperlink will always point to the cell you want it to point to.

ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (3466) applies to Microsoft Excel 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. You can find a version of this tip for the ribbon interface of Excel (Excel 2007 and later) here: Tying a Hyperlink to a Specific Cell.

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Comments for this tip:

Robert C    08 Dec 2015, 11:52
Bless you. Exactly what I was searching for. Yea!!! :-)
Midhun Jose    02 Jul 2015, 14:44
Really helped me. Thanks a lot!
Jason    08 Jun 2015, 14:30
HUGE help. Thank you!
Mike Kut    06 Feb 2015, 00:55
I'm running Excel 97, I want to hyperlink to a place in the same document - when I click on insert hyperlink the dialog box that comes up does not have the choices on the left like the figure above - it only has a box to enter a link to file or URL and another box to enter a specific location in the file - there is also a check box to use relative path. There is no choice to hyperlink to a place in the same document like shown above. Am I able to do this?
raunak    02 Feb 2015, 10:55
thanks.. This was helpfull
Adam    19 Jan 2015, 15:18
Unfortunately the Sort command appears to break the namespace reference. In addition, if i use a dynamic formula in the name manager instead of a specific cell, the hyperlink will not function.
Dave    15 Jan 2015, 08:26
Thank you so much! I can't explain how much this has helped me!
Marwa    24 Sep 2014, 05:24
Thank you answered my question.

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