Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016. If you are using an earlier version (Excel 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Excel, click here: Turning Off Hyperlink Activation.

Turning Off Hyperlink Activation

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated July 1, 2020)

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When you enter a Web address or a LAN server address of a file into an Excel cell, it automatically converts to a hyperlink when you leave the cell. This is part of the "Web-aware behavior" of Excel.

If you want to turn off the automatic conversion, you can follow these steps:

  1. Display the Excel Options dialog box. (In Excel 2007 click the Office button and then click Excel Options. In Excel 2010 and later versions display the File tab of the ribbon and then click Options.)
  2. Click Proofing at the left of the dialog box.
  3. Click the AutoCorrect Options button. Excel displays the AutoCorrect dialog box.
  4. Make sure the AutoFormat As You Type tab is selected. (See Figure 1.)
  5. Figure 1. The AutoFormat As You Type tab of the AutoCorrect dialog box.

  6. Clear the Internet and Network Paths With Hyperlinks check box.
  7. Click OK.

ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (6245) applies to Microsoft Excel 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Excel here: Turning Off Hyperlink Activation.

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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2016-10-08 10:41:35

David George

My needs vary and I'm wondering if deactivating hyperlinks can be applied on a case-by-case basis. I think this tip turns that feature off for all worksheets.

I have worksheets where I need hyperlinking to be active and others where I do not want it.


2016-10-08 10:35:01

Jerry

Great tip, Rod! Ctrl-z seems to work to undo all the AutoCorrect changes that the applications make. Especially handy when sometimes you want it to auto-correct and other times you don't.


2016-10-08 06:56:18

Rod Grealish

You can undo hyperlink activation on a particular cell by keying ctrl-z (undo) immediately after moving to the following cell. This works because hyperlink activation consists of two steps - entering the hyperlink text followed by conversion to a hyperlink. Ctrl-z undoes the second step.


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