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: Updating Links.

Updating Links

Written by Allen Wyatt (last updated September 26, 2020)
This tip applies to Excel 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003


Normally, if you have linked information in your workbook, the information is updated whenever you open the workbook. There may be times when you need to update the links manually, however. You do this by following these steps:

  1. Choose the Links option from the Edit menu. Excel displays the Edit Links dialog box. (See Figure 1.)
  2. Figure 1. The Edit Links dialog box.

  3. Select the link you want to update.
  4. Click on Update Values.
  5. Click on OK.

ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (3101) 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: Updating Links.

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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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