Showing Visited Hyperlinks

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated September 19, 2016)

Jack likes his Excel hyperlinks to show that they have been visited. Unfortunately, when he saves his workbook, they all get reset to unvisited. Jack wonders if there is some way to make the "visited" status of his hyperlinks survive the Save operation.

There is no way to do this that we've been able to discover. The closest we can come is to check the whether a hyperlink is followed or not and then somehow indicate that status with a condition or value that survives a save operation. For instance, consider the following macros:

Private Sub Workbook_BeforeSave(ByVal SaveAsUI As Boolean, Cancel As Boolean)
    Dim wks As Worksheet
    Dim hl As Hyperlink
    Application.ScreenUpdating = False
    For Each wks In ThisWorkbook.Worksheets
        For Each hl In wks.Hyperlinks
            If hl.Parent.Interior.ColorIndex = 37 Then
                hl.Parent.Interior.ColorIndex = xlNone
                hl.Parent.Style = "Followed Hyperlink"
            End If
        Next hl
    Next wks
    Application.ScreenUpdating = True
End Sub
Private Sub Workbook_SheetFollowHyperlink(ByVal Sh As Object, ByVal Target As Hyperlink)
    Target.Parent.Interior.ColorIndex = 37
End Sub

Every time a hyperlink is followed, the second macro is run. It sets the color of the cell containing the hyperlink. Then, as the workbook is saved, the first macro is run. It checks all the cells containing hyperlinks, and if their interior color is the "key" color (color value of 37), then the style of the cell is set to a style named "Followed Hyperlink". This style setting for the cell will survive the save operation; the only thing you need to do is make sure that you've defined the style to appear as you want your followed hyperlinks to appear.

It should be pointed out that these two macros should be added to the ThisWorkbook module of the workbook. To get to it, display the Visual Basic Editor and double-click on the ThisWorkbook module in the Project Explorer. You can then paste the macros into the resulting code window.

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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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