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: Extracting URLs from Hyperlinked Images.

Extracting URLs from Hyperlinked Images

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated September 7, 2013)

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One way you can use data from the Internet in an Excel worksheet is to copy it from a Web page and then paste it into the worksheet. For instance, you can select a table of data on a Web page, press Ctrl+C to copy it to the Clipboard, select a cell in Excel, and then press Ctrl+V. Excel does its best to parse the data and put it in the proper cells, just like it was in the original table.

The problem is that you'll often get more than just the table data. If there were other objects in the data you copied from the Web, those objects are also pasted into the worksheet. It is not uncommon to end up with all sorts of small graphics in the worksheet. If these graphics were originally hyperlinks, you may want to actually extract the hyperlink and then delete the graphic. This would make the data in the worksheet much more usable.

The way to do this is with a macro. Once you've pasted the Web information into the worksheet, run the following macro.

Sub ConvertHLShapes()
    Dim shp As Shape
    Dim sTemp As String

    For Each shp In ActiveSheet.Shapes
        sTemp = ""
        On Error Resume Next 'go to next shape if no hyperlink
        sTemp = shp.Hyperlink.Address
        On Error GoTo 0
        If sTemp <> "" Then
            shp.TopLeftCell.Value = sTemp
            shp.Delete
        End If
    Next
End Sub

This macro steps through each of the shapes in the worksheet. It then checks to see if the shape has an associated hyperlink. If it does, then the address of that hyperlink (in the sTemp variable) is placed into the cell at the top-left corner of where the shape is located. The macro deletes any shapes that have hyperlinks; you can force it to delete all shapes in the worksheet by simply moving the shp.Delete line to the outside of the If ... End If structure.

ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (2907) 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: Extracting URLs from Hyperlinked Images.

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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2016-03-17 05:00:12

Primož Majhen

Awesome macro!
Thanks!


2015-12-24 03:57:41

Steve Hunt

I really appreciate your work! Thank you! You certainly don't get this from the book! You've saved me a countless number of hours. Much appreciated!


2015-01-16 19:44:40

Masud Rana Rajshahi

Very useful tips. It's saved many hours of my life :)

Thanks a lot!!!


2015-01-14 10:59:41

Multivac42

This is extremely useful. You just saved me lots of hours!

Thank you so much!


2014-08-08 13:16:38

Patricia C

Thank you so much for this Tips.
It was so-o-o Extremely Helpful.


2014-07-30 09:59:37

Muhammad

Thanks alot ...............really appreciated


2014-07-17 09:39:57

Alban

Merci beaucoup. Très simple, beaucoup de temps gagné. Thank you very much.


2014-03-15 23:36:40

Stephen

Thanks Allen, really useful code.
Cheers
Stephen
NZ


2014-02-07 09:48:56

Scott

You've just saved me hours. If there's such a thing as good karma you've certainly earned a lot!
Thanks so much!


2013-10-28 20:18:40

Jim Bannon

Allen,

This is exactly what I needed. I am trying to export fans from facebook.
I can copy them onto an Excel spreadsheet, but the Hyperlinks are hidden under the pictures.

However, I am an absolute Newbie with Macro programming. It would have helped if there was a Macro file I could have downloaded and run.

I searched on YouTube and as I type this I am discovering ALT+F11 will open a VBA editor. This may be the first step?

Any way you can "package this solution" for a newbie?

Thanx,
Jim Bannon


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