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: Pasting a Hyperlink.

Pasting a Hyperlink

Written by Allen Wyatt (last updated July 8, 2023)
This tip applies to Excel 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003


A common editing task is copying information from one source and pasting it in your workbook. By using a minor variation on pasting, you can actually cause your pasted information to appear as a hyperlink in an Excel worksheet. To paste information in this manner, follow these steps:

  1. Select the information to be copied and press Ctrl+C. This copies the information to the Clipboard.
  2. Switch to Excel and select the cell where you want the link to appear.
  3. Choose Paste As Hyperlink from the Edit menu.

The information appears as a hyperlink, and if you click on it, you are taken directly to the spot in the original document from which it was copied.

ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (2465) 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: Pasting a Hyperlink.

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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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