Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Excel in Office 365. 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: Don't Update Links to Other Programs.
by Allen Wyatt
(last updated December 12, 2020)
You know that Excel allows you to create links to data in other workbooks. Excel also allows you to link to non-Excel data from other programs as well. For instance, you could link to pictures or to Word data or to data in any number of other programs. The linking is done via OLE and DDE, as is discussed in other issues of ExcelTips.
Normally, data from other programs is updated whenever you open a workbook, and thereafter whenever the source data changes. If you want to tell Excel to not update linked data from other programs, follow these steps:
Figure 1. The Advanced options of the Excel Options dialog box.
Changing this setting is only effective for the current session in Excel. The next time you open the workbook, Excel reverts to updating links automatically. If you want to turn off specific links so that they are not continually updated, display the Data tab of the ribbon, click the Edit Links tool (in the Queries & Connecteins group), locate the link, and change its update method to Manual.
ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (6284) applies to Microsoft Excel 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Excel in Office 365. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Excel here: Don't Update Links to Other Programs.
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